Faculty and Staff Directory

Melissa F. Baird

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Academic Office Building 212

Research Interests

  • Critical heritage studies
  • Heritage landscapes
  • Indigenous and expert knowledge
  • Extractive industries
  • Ethnographic methods
  • Politics of archaeology

Carl Blair

Lecturer in History and Archaeology

Academic Office Building 215

Research Interests

  • Experimental Archaeology
  • Early Large scale iron production
  • Roman and Anglo-Saxon England
  • Rise of socially complex societies
  • International program development
Mary H. Durfee
"Good things come in small packages—you can get a GREAT liberal arts education from us. Our graduates get jobs and enroll in fine graduate programs at universities like Yale, Michigan, and Johns Hopkins."
—Mary Durfee

Mary H. Durfee

Associate Professor of Government, Social Sciences


Visiting Professor, University of Malta

Academic Office Building 216

Areas of Expertise

  • Great Lakes of North America
  • International Law
  • Malta
  • Scholarship of Pedagogy
  • Arctic Affairs

William C. Gale


Academic Office Building 218

Research Interests

  • Cultural landscapes of (de)industrialization
  • geography and American history

Hugh S. Gorman

Professor of Environmental History and Policy, Social Sciences

Academic Office Building 220


  • Environmental History and Policy
  • History of Technology
  • History of Science
  • Economic History

Research Interests

  • The historical interaction between technological change, uses of the environment, and systems of governance
  • The political ecology of energy

Kathleen E. Halvorsen

Professor of Natural Resource Policy

Joint Appointment in Social Sciences and School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Areas of Expertise

  • Woody bioenergy
  • Climate change
  • Natural resource policy
  • Water resource policy
  • Bioenergy policy

Kari B. Henquinet

Director, Peace Corps Master's International Programs

Lecturer, Department of Social Sciences

Areas of Expertise

  • International/transnational development
  • Faith-based development
  • Gender
  • Human rights
  • Global service learning
  • African studies (Niger)

Don Lafreniere

Assistant Professor of Historical Geography and GIS

Member of the Great Lakes Research Center

Research Interests

  • Applications of GIS for Historical Research
  • Environmental Change and Life Course Epidemiology
  • Qualitative GIS
  • Urban Environments and Population Health
  • Deindustrialization and Shrinking Cities
  • Time-Space Integration and Modeling in GIS
  • Demography and Historical Record Linkage
  • Sense of Place and Neighborhood Construction
  • Mobility

Nancy Langston

Professor of Environmental History, Social Sciences

Member of the Great Lakes Research Center


  • Toxics and environmental health
  • Environmental history
  • Watershed change and water quality
  • Mining history

Carol A. MacLennan

Professor of Anthropology, Social Sciences

Academic Office Building 209A

Research Interests

  • Environmental anthropology/political ecology
  • Anthropology of industry (mining, sugar)
  • Hawai`i and the Pacific
  • Anthropology of public policy

Patrick E. Martin

Department Chair, Social Sciences

Professor of Archaeology

Areas of Expertise

  • Industrial archaeology
  • Industrial heritage
  • Historical archaeology
Audrey L. Mayer
"Those who dwell, as scientists or laymen, among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life."
—Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder

Audrey L. Mayer

Associate Professor of Ecology and Environmental Policy

Coordinator, Peace Corps Masters International Program in Forestry

Areas of Expertise

  • Environmental and Natural Resources Policy
  • Sustainability science
  • Landscape ecology
  • Biodiversity and Conservation
  • International Trade
  • Information Theory

Kelly Boyer Ontl


Areas of Interest

  • Biological Anthropology
  • Primate behavior and ecology
  • West African chimpanzees
  • Artisanal gold mining, culture and the environment
  • Socioecological dimensions of wildlife conservation

Susanna D. Peters

Lecturer in Law and Society

Academic Office Building 219

Fredric L. Quivik

Professor of History

Editor, IA: Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology

Areas of Expertise

  • History of Technology
  • Environmental History
  • Architectural History
  • Industrial Archeology
  • History of the Organization of Industrial Enterprises

Jonathan E. Robins

Assistant Professor of History

Academic Office Building 223

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • History of Globalization
  • Economic History
  • History of Imperialism and Colonialism
  • International Business Organization
  • Commodity Studies
  • History of Food

Mark D. Rouleau

Assistant Professor, Social Sciences

Academic Office Building 205

Research Interests

  • Social simulation
  • Agent-based modeling
  • Land-use modeling
  • Norm evolution
  • Survey design
  • International relations
Timothy J. Scarlett
"Whereas innovation, in the backwards reading of creativity, lies outside of time, improvisation, in a forward reading, is inherently temporal."
—Elizabeth Hallam and Tim Ingold (2007) Creativity and Cultural Improvisation. Berg, New York.

Timothy J. Scarlett

Associate Professor

Director, Graduate Program in Industrial Archaeology

Research Interests

  • Historical and Industrial Archaeologies, History of Technology
  • Ecobiography, Religion and Identity
  • Archaeological Science and Culture Theory
  • Ceramic Petrology, Neutron Activation Analysis
  • Electronic and Distance Education and Anthropology
  • Archaeology and Cross-Curriculum, Experiential Education

Chelsea Schelly

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Research Interests

  • Renewable energy technologies
  • Alternative technology adoption
  • Renewable and alternative technology policy
  • Sustainable communities
  • Self-provisioning
  • Environmental education

Bruce Seely

Dean of the College of Science and Arts

Professor of History and STS

Walker Arts and Humanities Center 201
Barry D. Solomon
"Economics is too important to leave to economists."

Barry D. Solomon

Professor of Geography and Environmental Policy

Area of Expertise

  • Energy Policy
  • Renewable Energy Development
  • Ecological Economics
  • Emissions Trading
  • Geography of Energy
Samuel R. Sweitz
"All this information, this material, must be taken up and reconsidered in the light of man himself, and one must try if possible, to rediscover, beyond all the details, life itself... Everything must be recaptured and relocated in the general framework of history, so that...we may respect the unity of history which is also the unity of life."
—Fernand Braudel, On History, 1980.

Sam R. Sweitz

Associate Professor of Anthropology & Archaeology

Coordinator, Global Issues Steering Committee, General Education Program

Research Interests

  • Historical and Industrial Archaeology
  • Social, Economic, and Political Dimensions of Haciendas, Plantations, and Industrial Communities in the American West, Latin America, and the Caribbean
  • Issues Related to Colonialism, World-Systems Analysis, post-Colonailism, and Globalization
  • Relevance of Archaeology and Heritage to Identity Formation and Contemporary Social Systems

Laura Walikainen Rouleau

Instructor, Social Sciences

Academic Office Building 205
Steven A. Walton
"I find it astonishing that any man can regard fine machinery without admiration."
—John William Stone (in Stones Fall, by Iain Pears)

Steven A. Walton

Assistant Professor of History

Areas of Expertise

  • history of technology
  • history of science
  • artillery, fortification, ordnance
  • history of engineering
  • military history
  • Early Modern European history
Adam M. Wellstead
"Academics are the only people I can think of for whom this sentence makes sense: 'I'm hoping to get some time off so that I can get some work done.'"
—Sidney Verba

Adam M. Wellstead

Assistant Professor of Environmental and Energy Policy, Social Sciences

Academic Office Building 207

Areas of Expertise

  • Policy advisory systems
  • Governance and political mechanisms
  • Survey research
  • Policy process frameworks

Areas of Interest

  • Canadian Energy and Environmental Issues
  • Climate Change Adaptation
  • Oil Sands Development
  • Forest Policy
  • Canadian history

Richelle L. Winkler

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Demography, Social Sciences

Areas of Expertise

  • Rural Sociology
  • Population and Environment
  • Environmental Sociology
  • Community Engaged Scholarship
  • Internal Migration
  • GIS and spatial analysis