The Department of Social Sciences at Michigan Technological University is committed to high-quality undergraduate and graduate instruction across the social sciences. Our interdisciplinary faculty’s areas of expertise include anthropology, environmental and energy policy, history, industrial heritage and archaeology, political science, sociology, and geography. We pride ourselves on providing students with the opportunity to engage in hands-on educational experiences and apply academic concepts, strategies, and techniques to contemporary, real-world issues.

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Hugh S. Gorman

Hugh S. Gorman

PhD, History and Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, 1996

Contact

906-487-2116
hsgorman@mtu.edu

Professor of Environmental History and Policy, Social Sciences

I use history as a lens through which to examine the interaction of technological innovation, policy choices, and uses of the environment, with the goal being to inform efforts to construct an economy that rewards sustainable practices. My most recent project involved an examination of society’s changing interactions with the . . .

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Carol A. MacLennan

Carol A. MacLennan

PhD, University of California-Berkeley, Anthropology

Contact

906-487-2870
camac@mtu.edu

Professor of Anthropology, Social Sciences

Carol MacLennan, an anthropologist, studies the industrialization of mining and sugar and their environmental and policy consequences for communities and landscapes. She has recently completed a book on her work in Hawai`i titled Sovereign Sugar: Industry and Environment in Hawai`i (University of Hawai`i Press, 2014). She is continuing her work in Hawai`i with . . .

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Nancy Langston

Ph.D., University of Washington

Contact

nelangst@gmail.com

Professor of Environmental History, Social Sciences

I am an environmental historian who examines the shared histories of people and watersheds. My current research explores the connections between landscape change, mining, and environmental health in Lake Superior and other boreal watersheds.

During 2012-2013, I am the King Carl XVI Gustaf Professor of Environmental Science, in residence in the Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious studies at Umeå University. 

When I start at Michigan Tech in July 2013, I will be focusing on the environmental history of Lake Superior. I . . .