Graduate School

Industrial Heritage and Archaeology—PhD

Heritage and Archaeology

The Industrial Heritage and Archaeology program at Michigan Technological University is the only one of its kind in the nation, and one of only a handful throughout the world. We investigate the remains of industry to understand the legacies of industrial society. If you are driven by a passionate curiosity for industrial communities, landscapes, technology systems, or workplaces, join the leaders at Michigan Tech to unearth and preserve our collective heritage.

What you'll work on

We prepare our MS students for diverse professional careers. They work in both the private and public sectors, in fields such as heritage and cultural resource management, education, preservation, and government service. Our PhD students pursue interdisciplinary, innovative research that focuses on postindustrial regions and communities struggling with the social and material consequences of industrial decline.

Sample Areas of Interest

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Architectural History
  • Cultural Resource Management

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Who you'll work with

Study colonialism, world-systems analysis, and globalization with Sam Sweitz. Examine labor and capitalism in the Upper Midwest with LouAnne Wurst, or investigate indigenous cultural landscapes with Melissa Baird. Many of our MS and PhD students are supported by graduate teaching and research assistantships.

Faculty Spotlight

Timothy ScarlettTimothy J. Scarlett
Associate Professor,
Archaeology and Anthropology

"Creativity is endlessly interesting to me. I always want to know—How did they do that? How did they understand their successes and failures? And can I use different ways of knowing to arrive at better understandings of their lives?"

Scarlett examines how humans have creatively solved problems as they adapted to new physical landscapes and social environments. He uses diverse methods through a holistic and eclectic approach, employing multiple disciplines.

Where you'll work

Our newly remodeled, 9,600 sq. ft, Industrial Archaeology Annex and Research Laboratory supports the documentation, analysis, conservation, and cataloging of artifacts and data recovered during fieldwork. You’ll have opportunities to pursue research at industrial sites and communities spanning from the Upper Midwest to Europe.