Social Sciences

Faculty and Staff Directory

Faculty

Melissa F. Baird

  • Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Research Interests

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

Carl Blair

  • Senior Lecturer in History and Archaeology

Research Interests

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

Angie Carter

  • Assistant Professor, Environmental/Energy Justice

Research Interests

  • Environmental inequality and justice
  • Extractive industries
  • Agrifood and energy systems sustainability
  • Environmental and natural resource policy

Areas of Expertise

  • Environmental sociology
  • Rural sociology
  • Community-based and participatory research
  • Social movements and social change

Hugh S. Gorman

  • Department Chair, Social Sciences
  • Professor of Environmental History and Policy, Social Sciences

Fields

  • 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)

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Don Lafreniere

  • Associate Professor of Geography and GIS
  • Director, Historical Environments Spatial Analytics Lab
  • Director, Geospatial Research Facility

Research Interests

  • Environmental Change and Life Course Epidemiology
  • Urban Environments and Population Health
  • PPGIS
  • 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

Areas of Interest

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

Carol A. MacLennan

  • Professor of Anthropology, Social Sciences

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

Susanna D. Peters

  • Lecturer in Law and Society

Areas of Interest

  • Resource Economics
  • Cyberlaw
  • Intellectual Property
  • Constitutional Law
  • Orientation to Legal Careers
  • American Government

Fredric L. Quivik

  • Professor of History (retired)

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
  • Undergraduate History Major Coordinator

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

Mark D. Rouleau

  • Assistant Professor, Social Sciences

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 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
  • Graduate Director, IA/H and EEP

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

  • Professor of History and STS

Roman Sidortsov

  • Assistant Professor, Energy Policy

Research Interests

  • Sustainable Energy Systems
  • Energy Security and Justice
  • Risk Governance of the Energy Sector
  • Arctic Energy Development
  • Russian Energy Policy
  • U.S. Energy Policy

Areas of Expertise

  • Energy and Environmental Policy
  • Comparative and International Energy Law
  • U.S. Energy Law
  • U.S. Environmental Law
  • Russian Energy and Environmental Law
  • Energy Geopolitics
Sam 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 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 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

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

Research Interests

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

Shan Zhou

  • Assistant Professor, Environmental and Energy Policy

Fields

Environmental and Energy Policy

Research Interests

  • Environmental and Energy Policy
  • Sustainable Development
  • Infrastructure and Resilience
  • Social Equity
  • Urban and Local Sustainability
  • Policy Processes
  • Policy Analysis

Adjunct and Affiliated Faculty

Valoree Gagnon

  • Director, University-Indigenous Community Partnerships
  • Research Assistant Professor, Social Sciences
  • Instructor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Research Interests

  • University-Community Partnerships, research engagement, and equitable practice and design
  • Environmental Justice and Policy, toxic substances, risk management, and promoting holistic health
  • Indigenous / Native American Studies, treaties and the government-to-government relationship, food sovereignty, and Indigenous wisdom in the Great Lakes region
  • Environmental Stewardship and the Seven Generations Philosophy
Sean Gohman

Sean Gohman

  • Instructor, Social Sciences

Education

  • PhD, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology, Michigan Tech
  • MS, Industrial Archaeology, Michigan Tech
  • BA, Anthropology, St. Cloud State University

Research Interests

  • Landscape perspectives on the role of energy transformation in the creation of industrial systems
  • Copper Country history and heritage
  • The heritage of sport

Todd Holmstrom

  • Instructor, Social Sciences

Research Interests

  • Expanding the Benefits of Globalization and Addressing its Deleterious Effects
  • Facilitating Inclusive Economic Growth and Development
  • Empowering Agents of Positive Change and Innovation
  • Energy Independence
  • Resolving Intractable Problems and Conflict

Areas of Professional Expertise

  • International Relations
  • Foreign Policy
  • National Security Strategy
  • International Economic Policy 

Chipo Hungwe

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
  • Instructor, Social Sciences

Audrey L. Mayer

  • Associate Professor of Ecology and Environmental Policy, SFRES
  • Coordinator, Peace Corps Masters International Program in Forestry
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Social Sciences

Areas of Expertise

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

Staff

Christine Pfau

  • Office Assistant
Daniel Schneider

Daniel Schneider

  • Society of Industrial Archeology (SIA) Headquarters Manager
  • Asst. to the President of The International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage (TICCIH)
Amy Spahn

Amy Spahn

  • Research and Program Administrator
Gina Stevens

Gina M. Stevens

  • Departmental Coordinator