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.

Houghton Energy Efficiency Team (HEET)

Prof. Richelle Winkler and the task ahead for HEET as a semifinalist in the national Georgetown University Energy Prize. For more see SS Graduate Students’ Energy Plan Makes Semifinalist Status For her talk to her project team about what's next, see this video.

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Fredric L. Quivik

Fredric L. Quivik

PhD, History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania, 1998

Contact

906-487-2110
flquivik@mtu.edu

Professor of History

I joined the Department of Social Sciences at Michigan Tech after three decades working in the private sector as a contractor and consultant in historic preservation and history of technology. I am particularly interested in the intersections of technology and the environment, and I have had the good fortune to be . . .

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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

Department Chair, 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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Melissa F. Baird

Melissa F. Baird

PhD, Anthropology, University of Oregon, December 2009

Contact

906-487-2366
mfbaird@mtu.edu

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Melissa’s work engages multi-sited and comparative and ethnographic approaches to examine how multi-national corporations, the State, private sector, heritage experts, and other decision-makers draw on the rhetoric of heritage, rights, and sustainability in environmental decisions and management. Through the lens of resource frontiers, her research seeks to broaden our understanding of . . .