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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Audrey L. Mayer

Audrey L. Mayer

PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee

Contact

906-487-2864
almayer@mtu.edu

Associate Professor of Ecology and Environmental Policy

I have a joint appointment with the Department of Social Sciences and the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science. My research fits generally within the framework of multidisciplinary sustainability science. I develop and test sustainability indices for their utility to manage dynamic human-environmental systems from local to global scales. I also . . .

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Richelle L. Winkler

Richelle L. Winkler

PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2010

Contact

906-487-1886
rwinkler@mtu.edu

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Demography, Social Sciences

My research aims to understand and promote rural community sustainability. Most of my work examines population change as both a cause and a consequence of community well-being, and I am particularly interested in the relationships between population, environment, and community well-being. I employ both quantitative and qualitative research methods to answer . . .

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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 . . .