Institute for Policy, Ethics, and Culture (IPEC)

Members

Director

Jennifer Daryl Slack

  • Professor of Communication and Cultural Studies, Humanities

Links of Interest

Research Areas

  • Cultural Studies Theory and Practice
  • Technology and Culture
  • Environment and Culture
  • Creativity and Culture
  • Communication Theory

Members

Stefka Hristova
"The true picture of the past whizzes by. Only as a picture, which flashes its final farewell in the moment of its recognizability, is the past to be held fast."
—Walter Benjamin “On the Concept of History”

Stefka Hristova

  • Associate Professor of Digital Media, Humanities
  • Co-Leader for Tech Forward Education for the 21st Century IDEA HUB GenEd
  • Executive Committee Member of the Institute for Policy, Ethics, and Culture

Specialties

  • Visual Studies
  • Digital Media Studies
  • Critical Theory

Sarah A. Green

  • Professor, Chemistry

Research Interests

  • Climate change communication
  • Science-policy interface
  • Response of aquatic systems to climate change
  • Great Lakes
  • Behavior of metal-contaminated sediments in the Lake Superior basin
  • Fluorescence-based analytical methods
  • Aerosol chemistry
  • Origin and fate of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) in terrestrial, lake, and marine environments
  • Methods for detection of free radicals, photochemical transformations of natural and anthropogenic organic compounds in the environment
  • integration of biological, geological, physical, and chemical data for understanding global cycles.

Carlos Amador

  • Associate Professor of Spanish and Culture Studies
  • Modern Language Program Director

Nancy Barr

  • Professor of Practice, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics
  • Director, Engineering Communications Program

Links of Interest

Andrew Fiss

  • Assistant Professor of Technical & Professional Communication

Specialties

  • Science Communication
  • History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine
  • Rhetorics of Science and Technology
  • History of Engineering and Mathematics Education
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Interdisciplinary Education

Soonkwan Hong

  • Associate Professor of Marketing, College of Business

Teaching Interests

  • Consumer behavior
  • Global Marketing
  • Branding
  • Marketing ethics & Sustainability

Research Interests

  • The polysemic nature of consumer-market dynamics in association with (pop)culture, technology, and institutions as key drivers of varied manifestations of consumer identity.
  • Consumers as self-emancipating and self-contradicting agents in the market
  • Sustainable lifestyles.
  • Postcolonialism and globalization
  • Alternative food systems and cultures
  • Algorithmic consumer culture

Mary Jennings

  • Director of Programming and Development, Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts

Audrey L. Mayer

  • Professor of Ecology and Environmental Policy
  • Director of Graduate Studies

Areas of Expertise

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

Alexandra Morrison

  • Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Humanities

Research Areas

  • Continental Philosophy (especially Phenomenology and Existential Thought)
  • Social and Political Philosophy (including Feminist Philosophy)
  • Philosophy and Art (including Literature)
  • Ethical Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Technology
  • Engineering Ethics

William Roberts

  • Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Engagement
  • Vice President, Michigan Tech Fund

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
Stefanie Sidortsova

Stefanie Sidortsova

  • Executive Director for Communications, University Marketing and Communications

About Stefanie

  • Stefanie leads UMC's communications strategy.
  • Her professional background includes experience in law, government relations, higher education administration, and creative writing.
  • She enjoys spending time with family and friends and moonlights as a fiction writer and editor.

Charles Wallace

  • Associate Professor, Computer Science
  • Associate Dean for Curriculum & Instruction, College of Computing
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Digital technology adoption for older adults and other digital newcomers
  • K-12 computing education
  • Undergraduate software engineering and computer science education
  • Communication in software development
  • Lightweight formal methods
  • Agile software development
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 Studies
  • Policy Innovation Labs
  • Policy Design

Shan Zhou

  • Assistant Professor, Environmental and Energy Policy

Fields

Environmental and Energy Policy

Research Interests

  • Environmental & Energy Policy
  • Smart Grids, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency & Green Buildings
  • Sustainable Technology Adoption & Diffusion
  • Environmental and Energy Justice
  • Urban and Local Sustainability
  • Policy Processes
  • Policy Analysis
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