Social Sciences

Graduate Student Directory

Adewale Adesanya

Adewale A. Adesanya

  • PhD Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Dissertation Topic

Education

  • BS, Industrial and Production Engineering, University of Ibadan, Nigeria 
  • M.Eng., Energy and Environmental Management, Europa Universitaet Flensburg, Germany

Research Interests

  •  Renewable Energy Technology Adoption
  • Community-Based Energy Development
  • 100 percent Renewable Electricity
    Energy Justice and Policy
  • Climate Change
  • Big Data and Data Analytics in Energy Systems
Tyler Allen

Tyler Allen

  • MS Student, Industrial Archaeology

Thesis Topic

Education

  • BA, History, West Virginia State University

Research Interests

  • Industrial Archaeology
  • Rural Communities
  • Planned Communities
  • Coal Heritage
  • Historic Archaeology
  • Labor movements
Brad Barnett

Brad Barnett

  • PhD Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

  • BA, Political Science, University of Kentucky
  • MA, Public Administration, University of Eastern Kentucky

Research Interests

  • As a doctoral student at Michigan Tech, my research focuses on various aspects of sustainable bioenergy development including, but not limited to: consumer willingness to pay for renewable energy; impacts of local, national, and international feedstock certification programs; and third generation technology diffusion barriers.
  • Prior to beginning my doctoral program at Michigan Tech, I spent several years overseeing business operations and coordinating an interdisciplinary biofuels research program at Eastern Kentucky University's Center for Renewable and Alternative Fuel Technology (CRAFT).
Michael Bleddynn

Michael Bleddynn

  • PhD Student, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology

Education

  • MS, Professional Studies (GIS), Middle Tennessee State University
  • MA, Public History, Middle Tennessee State University
  • BA, History, University of South Carolina

Research Interests

  • Historical GIS
  • Rural Landscapes
  • Oral History
  • Folklore
  • Community Engagement
Kathie Brosemer

Kathie Brosemer

  • PhD Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Dissertation Topic

Somewhere in the middle of aboriginal rights, climate justice, and pipelines.

Advisor: Roman Sidortsov

Education

  •  MS work, Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia
  • BS, Geology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Research Interests

  •  Climate change
  • Indigenous People's Rights - Treaty and otherwise
  • Pipelines through indigenous territory and treaty-protected resources
Ryan Brown

Ryan Brown

  • MS Student, Industrial Archaeology
Erin Burkett

Erin Burkett

  • PhD student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

  • BS, Zoology, Michigan State University
  • MS, Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan

Research Interests

  • Human dimensions of fisheries and wildlife
  • Great Lakes ecology and fisheries
  • K-12 science education
Brent Burns

Brent Burns

  • PhD Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

  • BS, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics, Michigan Tech
  • MEng, Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Research Interests

  • My research interest is in the development renewable energy policies with specific interest in offshore wind power policy analysis in the great lakes and ocean coastal waters of the United States.
  • I also serve as the Director of Corporate Partnerships for Michigan Technological University. As the primary point of contact for any general or strategic industry inquiries, I am responsible for leading the connection of the interests from companies with appropriate campus initiatives/constituents.
Kelley Christensen

Kelley J.H. Christensen

  • PhD student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

  • MS, Technical Communication, Montana Tech
  • BJ, News-editorial Journalism, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • BA, American Literature, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Research Interests

  • Community engagement with environmental remediation (specifically Superfund)
  • Trust and distrust in government agencies
  • Environmental policy
  • Use of technology in engaging citizens in environmental remediation
Brendan Doucet

Brendan Doucet

  • MS Student, Industrial Archaeology

Thesis Topic

  •  American Fur Company Fishing Operations on Isle Royale

Education

  • BA, Anthropology, Wayne State University 
Sophia Ford

Sophia Ford

  • MS Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

  •  BS, Geology, Kansas State University

Research Interests

  •  Environmental justice
  • Class & inequality
  • Property
  • Mining & mineral policy
  • Feminism & Feminist Theory
Laura Grotjan

Laura Grotjan

  • PhD Student, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology

Education

  •  MA, Art History, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • BA, Fine Arts, University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Research Interests

  •  Vernacular architecture
  • Material culture
  • Agricultural landscapes
  • Historical archaeology
Talva Jacobson

Talva Jacobson

  • PhD Student, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology
  • Medalta Potteries Provincial Historic Site

Dissertation Topic

Education

  • BFA, Visual Art, University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
  • MA, Historic Archaeology, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Newfoundland, Canada
  • MA Thesis: "A view of folk pottery's muddy past as seen through clay: an analysis on a sample of ceramics found at the historic Caldwell Pottery factory site in Arrow Rock, Missouri"

Research Interests

  • Industrial Heritage and Landscapes
  • The Selling of Heritage and how it is used by the living community
  • Communication, Re-use, and Adaptation
  • Rehabilitation, Conservation, and Identity
  • Hazard Management, Sustainable Planning, Community Development, and Public Archaeology
  • Risk Perception, Preparedness, and Resilience
Robert La Fave

Robert A. La Fave

  • PhD Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Dissertation Topic

  • "Urban Sprawl and Community Sustainability in the Global Marketplace of the 21st Century"
  • Advisor: Adam Wellstead

Education

  • M.P.A., Public Management, School of Public, Non-Profit and Health Administration, Grand Valley State University (2007).
  • B.A., Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy, James Madison College at Michigan State University (2003).

Research Interests

  • Current focus: Community Development and Public Policy
  • Energy Policy
  • Land Use
  • Renewable Energy Policy
  • Public Policy
Hongmei Lu

Hongmei Lu

  • PhD student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Dissertation Topic

Education

  • MSc, Landscape Architecture, Wageningen University
  • MSc, Horticulture, Nanjing Agricultural University
  • BSc, Ornamental Horticulture, Nanjing Agricultural University

Research Interests

  • Public private partnership (PPP) in urban green infrastructure development and management
  • Policy and management of vertical gardens and green wall/roof in Shanghai metropolitan area
  • Advocacy of home gardening as green infrastructure in densely populated metropolis
William Lytle

William Lytle

  • PhD Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Dissertation Topic

Education

  • MS, Forestry, Michigan Tech
  • BS, Wildlife Ecology and Management, Michigan Tech

Research Interests

  • Social license
  • Sustainable development
  • Environmental justice
  • Critical analysis of conservation
Mayra Morgan

Mayra S. Morgan

  • PhD Candidate, Environmental and Energy Policy

Dissertation Topic

Ecotourism and Women's Empowerment: A Case Study in Quintana Roo, Mexico

Advisor: Richelle L. Winkler

Education

  • BS, Social Anthropology, Autonomous University of Yucatan (UADY), Yucatan, Mexico
  • MS, Social Anthropology, Autonomous University of Yucatan (UADY), Yucatan, Mexico

Research Interests

  • Sustainable tourism
  • Ecotourism
  • Conservation and community development
  • Human dimensions of natural resources
  • Gender relations
  • Women's rights
  • Children's rights
Andy Mueller

Andy Mueller

  • PhD Candidate, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology

Sun Nguyen

  • MS Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Thesis Topic

  • The incorporation of public participation in decision making on the proposed PolyMet mine in Northeastern Minnesota.
  • Advisor: Nancy Langston

Education

  • BA Environmental Studies University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Interests

  • State and Federal policies that dictate the decision-making process of mining projects
  • Minerals policies
  • Stakeholder analyses and public participation in public policies; government-to-government relationships
Roland Ofori

Roland Ofori

  • PhD Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

  • MS, Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, Michigan State University
  • BA, Economics and Philosophy (minor), University of Ghana

Research Interests

  • Agent-based modeling
  • Non-market valuation
  • Community sustainability
  • Environmental economics and policy
  • Energy economics and policy
  • International development
Emily Woods Prehoda

Emily Woods Prehoda

  • PhD Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

  • MS, Environmental and Energy Policy, Michigan Technological University

Research Interests

  • Energy Policy
  • Solar PV Technology
Jennifer Rachels

Jennifer E. Rachels

  • PhD Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

  •  BS, Ed, Recreation- Natural Resource Management, University of Georgia

Research Interests

  • I am interested primarily in Energy Policy as it relates to market transformation-all the things that must be addressed in order to access a future of utility-scale electricity from renewable sources, regardless of where technology can take us:  human resources development, labor relations, organizational structures, finance schemes, consumer behavior, and culturally, what are barriers to a sustainable economy? What can other cultures teach us?

James Radson

James Benton Radson

  • MS student, Industrial Archaelogy
Hamza Raheel

Hamza Raheel

  • PhD Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

  • MS, Engineering Management, University of Kansas
  • BS, Chemical Engineering, High Institute of Petroleum
  • AAS, Process Plant Technology, Montana State University

Research Interests

  • I am a PhD student in the Environmental and Energy Policy program. I focus primarily on fossil-fuel subsidies, their social, economic and environmental impact (more broadly sustainable development), and the challenges to their reform.
  • Before joining Michigan Tech, I worked in oil and gas industries for almost nine years. I have two undergraduate degrees in Chemical Engineering and an AAS in Process Plant Technology from the High Institute of Petroleum, in Tripoli, and MSU-Billings, MT, respectively. Also, I have a Master of Science in engineering management from University of Kansas. My master's field research was on the use of ISO 14001 in Oil & Gas industries.
  • When I am not at school, you can find me swimming in the pool, playing soccer, or just going for a hike in the nearby woods, depending on the weather and time of year. I love horse riding, traveling and best of all mechanical projects like working on cars!
Karuna Rana

Karuna Rana

  • MS Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

  • BEng, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Mauritius 

Research Interests

  • Sustainable behaviour change
  • Sustainable communities
  • Corporate sustainability and reporting
  • Plastic pollution and solid waste management
  • Transition to a 100% renewable energy future
  • Role of youth in environmental policy-making
  • 4th Industrial Revolution and Environmental Sustainability
  • Ocean and climate change
Marie Richards

Marie R Richards

  • PhD student, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology

Education

  • BA, Anthropology, University of Iowa
  • MS, Urban and Regional Planning, University of Iowa
  • MA, Heritage Resources, Northwestern State University of Louisiana

Research Interests

  • Cultural landscapes
  • Natural resources and ethnicity
Mike Ryan

Mike Ryan

  • MS Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

  •  BS, Social Sciences-Law and Society, Michigan Technological University

Research Interests

  • Small-scale adoption of renewable energy
  • Microgrids
  • Distributed Generation and Demand Response
  • Energy justice
James Schwaderer

James Schwaderer

  • PhD Student, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology

Education

  • BA, History, Michigan State University

Research Interests

  • Industrial Archaelogy
  • Foodways
  • Virtual Archaelogy
  • 3D Photogrammetry
  • Faunal Analysis
Cooper Sheldon

Cooper David Sheldon

  • MS Student, Industrial Archaeology

Education

  • BA, Anthropology, SUNY Potsdam
  • BA, Archaeology, SUNY Potsdam

Research Interests

  •  Industrial communities
  • Industrial archaeology and heritage management
  • Chicago and Calumet region industrial communities
  • Archaeology and heritage outreach and education
  • Contemporary archaeology and heritage representation
Bethel Tarekegne

Bethel Tarekegne

  • PhD Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

  • MPP, Energy Policy, University of Maryland, College Park
  • BS, Electrical Engineering, Benedict College

Research Interests

  • Energy Access
  • Energy Justice
  • Sustainable Development
  • Agent-based Modeling
  • Electrification Modeling and Analysis
  • Energy-Poverty-Climate Nexus 
Daniel Trepal

Daniel Trepal

  • PhD Student, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology

Dissertation Topic

Education

  • B.S., Anthropology and History, Cleveland State Univ. (2004)
  • M.S., Industrial Archaeology, Michigan Technological Univ. (2008)
  • M.S. Thesis: "Evolution in Iron: The West Point Foundry Casting House 1817-1912"

Research Interests

  • Industrial and urban archaeology
  • Historical GIS
  • Deindustrialization
  • Industrial landscapes
  • The archaeology of brownfields
  • Spatial analysis of historical industrial pollutants
  • Big Data approaches to Archaeology
Azat Turegeldin

Azat Turegeldin

  • MS Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

  •  Kazakh National Technical University
Robert Zupko

Robert Zupko

  • PhD Student, Computational Science and Engineering

Dissertation Topic

Education

  • BS, Computer Science, Rivier College
  • ALM, concentration Software Engineering, Harvard University

Research Interests

  • Agent-based modeling
  • Sustainability
  • Machine learning
  • History