Department of Social Sciences

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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Steven A. Walton

Steven A. Walton

Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1999

Contact

(906) 487-3272
sawalton@mtu.edu

Associate Professor of History

I began my career as a mechanical engineer and then turned to the history of engineering through the history of science and technology. I am principally interested in the intersection of technology, its users, and the technical knowledge that they claim about it. Much of my work, though chronologically

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Carl Blair

Carl Blair

University of Minnesota, PhD 1992

Contact

906-487-3625
cblair@mtu.edu

Lecturer in History and Archaeology

Professor Blair is an European archaeologist who studies early, large scale production, especially that of iron. His present research interests include an on-going experimental program, SMELT, in which replica iron smelting furnaces are built and operated in full production campaigns. The most recent SMELT campaign took place in May

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Sarah Fayen Scarlett

Sarah Fayen Scarlett

PhD, Art History, Building-Landscapes-Cultures Program, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Contact

906-487-2110
sfscarle@mtu.edu

Assistant Professor of History

Sarah Fayen Scarlett studies the spatial, material, and experiential aspects of historic landscapes in industrial communities. Her current research focuses on the spatiality of social power and mobility within houses and neighborhoods at the turn of the twentieth century. Dr Scarlett's teaching interests include digital spatial storytelling, documentation of historic