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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Steven A. Walton

Steven A. Walton

Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1999

Contact

(906) 487-3272
sawalton@mtu.edu

Assistant 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 diverse, . . .

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William C. Gale

William C. Gale

MA, West Virginia University, 1994

Contact

906-487-2459
wcgale@mtu.edu

Instructor

I am currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Geography, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario working on a dissertation titled, Remains of the Working Day: Shaping Cultural Memory and Landscape at Industrial Heritage Sites in the Keweenaw.My research addresses a reorganization of cultural landscape in the wake of deindustrialization in . . .

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Barry D. Solomon

Barry D. Solomon

PhD, Indiana University, 1983

Contact

906-487-1791
bdsolomo@mtu.edu

Professor of Geography and Environmental Policy

I have spent over 10 years working in Washington D.C. for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, and also taught at West Virginia University, before coming to Michigan Tech in 1995. I have taken sabbatical leaves at University of California (2 campuses) and University of . . .