Faculty and Staff Directory

John Baeten

John Baeten

Instructor, Social Sciences

Research Interests

  • Environmental legacies of mining
  • Post-mining landscape reclamation and memory
  • Contextualizing toxicity as meaningful heritage

Areas of Expertise

  • Industrial Heritage
  • Mining History
  • GIS
  • Environmental History

Melissa F. Baird

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Academic Office Building 212

Research Interests

  • Resource Frontiers
  • Extractive industries
  • Heritage landscapes
  • Indigenous and expert knowledge
  • Ethnographic methods
  • Politics of archaeology

Carl Blair

Lecturer in History and Archaeology

Academic Office Building 222

Research Interests

  • Experimental Archaeology
  • Early Large scale iron production
  • Roman and Anglo-Saxon England
  • Rise of socially complex societies
  • International program development

Valoree Gagnon

Postdoctoral researcher

Environmental and Energy Policy

Annex 207


  • MS, Environmental Policy, Michigan Tech
  • BS, Social Sciences, Michigan Tech

Research Interests

  • Funded by the National Science Foundation’s GK-12 Global Watershed Fellowship, I am partnered with a local secondary school teacher and create lessons based on my research for eighth-grade Earth Science students. These programs have been ideal for my interests in environmental outreach, educational initiatives, and environmental justice.
  • I’m currently researching Native American perspectives of environment within hunting, fishing, and gathering lifeways in the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. I believe that understanding environment through diverse, place-based perspectives is essential to good policy and the everyday decisions by which we live.

William C. Gale


Academic Office Building 218

Research Interests

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

Hugh S. Gorman

Department Chair, Social Sciences

Professor of Environmental History and Policy, Social Sciences

Academic Office Building 215


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

Research Interests

  • The historical interaction between technological change, uses of the environment, and systems of governance
  • Adaptive governance
  • Sustainable energy and environmental policy

Kathleen E. Halvorsen

Professor of Natural Resource Policy, SFRES

Joint Appointment in Social Sciences and SFRES

Areas of Expertise

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

Kari B. Henquinet

Director, Peace Corps Master's International Programs

Director, Peace Corps Prep Program

Senior Lecturer, Department of Social Sciences

Areas of Expertise

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

Chipo Hungwe


207 Academic Office Bldg.

Areas of Expertise

  • International Development
  • Cross-Cultural Studies

Don Lafreniere

Assistant Professor of Geography and GIS

Director. Historical Environments Spatial Analytics Lab

Director, Geospatial Research Core Facility

Research Interests

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

Nancy Langston

Professor of Environmental History, Social Sciences

Member of the Great Lakes Research Center

Affiliated Professor, SFRES


  • Toxics, forested watersheds, and northern lakes
  • Environmental history
  • Watershed change and water quality
  • Mining history

Carol A. MacLennan

Professor of Anthropology, Social Sciences

Graduate Director, IA/H and EEP

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

Research Professor of Archaeology

Areas of Expertise

  • Industrial archaeology
  • Industrial heritage
  • Historical archaeology

Audrey L. Mayer

Associate Professor of Ecology and Environmental Policy, SFRES

Coordinator, Peace Corps Masters International Program in Forestry

Academic Office Building 206

Areas of Expertise

  • Landscape ecology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Environmental and Natural Resources Policy
  • Sustainability science

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
Erin C. Pischke

Erin C. Pischke

Postdoctoral Researcher, Social Sciences

Research Interests

  • Comparative Politics in Latin America
  • Sustainable Management of Socioecological Systems
  • Global Environmental Change
  • Climate Change
  • Managing Interdisciplinary Teams
  • Grassroots Activism

Areas of Expertise

  • Renewable Energy Policy
  • Bioenergy Policy
  • Transdisciplinary Research
  • Rural Development Policy in Mexico

Fredric L. Quivik

Professor of History (retired)

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

Global Issues course coordinator

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

Laura Walikainen Rouleau

Visiting Assistant Professor, Social Sciences

Academic Office Building 205

Research Interests

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

Sarah Fayen Scarlett

Assistant Professor of History

Research Interests

  • Spatial, material, and experiential aspects of social power in industrial communities
  • Historical GIS for Community-Engaged Scholarship
  • American Vernacular Architecture and Material Culture Studies
  • Public History, Historic Preservation, and Museums
  • History of Design, Craft, and Production in the United States
  • Cultural Landscapes and Historic Architecture of the Keweenaw
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 of Archaeology and Anthropology

Research Interests

  • Historical and Industrial Archaeologies
  • Ecobiography, Creativity and Work
  • Ceramic Petrology, Neutron Activation Analysis
  • Community-based scholarship, public science/humanities
  • Archaeometric and Conservation Sciences

Chelsea Schelly

Associate Professor of Sociology

Research Interests

  • Alternative technology adoption
  • Renewable energy technologies
  • Renewable and alternative technology policy
  • Sustainable communities
  • Energy conservation and consumption practices
  • 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

Roman Sidortsov

Assistant Professor, Energy Policy

Academic Office Building 227

Research Interests

  • Sustainable Energy Systems
  • Energy Security and Justice
  • Risk Governance of the Energy Sector
  • Comparative Energy Law and Policy in the Arctic
  • Russian Oil and Gas Policy

Areas of Expertise

  • Energy Policy
  • Environmental Policy
  • Comparative and International Energy Law
  • U.S. Energy Law
  • U.S. Environmental Law
  • U.S. Business Law
  • Risk Governance
  • Russian Energy and Environmental Law
  • Energy Geopolitics
  • Energy Justice
  • Arctic Energy Development
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
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

Associate 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

Associate Professor of Public 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

Associate 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

LouAnn Wurst

Professor of Archaeology

(906) 487-3188
Academic Office Building 208

Research Interests

  • Historical and Industrial Archaeology
  • Archaeology of Capitalism
  • Class and Inequality
  • Marxist Theory
  • Historic Preservation and Cultural Resource Management