Faculty Directory

Faculty

  • Associate Professor of Anthropology
  • Associate Dean of STEM Equity, Graduate School

Research Interests

  • Extractive zones
  • STEMM Equity in Higher ED
  • Forensic & Ethnographic methods
  • Teaching Professor, History & Anthropology

Research Interests

  • Experimental Archaeology
  • Early Large scale iron production
  • Roman and Anglo-Saxon England
  • Rise of socially complex societies
  • International program development
  • Associate Professor, Environmental/Energy Justice
  • On Sabbatical Fall 2023-Spring 2024

Areas of Expertise

  • Environmental & rural sociology
  • Community-based and participatory research
  • Social movements and social change
  • Gender & ecofeminism
  • Agrifood systems
  • Associate Vice President for Research Development
  • University Professor of Natural Resource Policy
  • Joint Appointment in Social Sciences and CFRES

Areas of Expertise

  • Climate change mitigation policy
  • Arctic climate change impacts
  • Energy conservation policy
  • Renewable energy policy
  • Indigeneity and climate policy
  • Assistant Teaching Professor
  • Coordinator of Student Programs
  • Policy and Community Development Program Advisor

Research Interests

  •  National Identity
  • Migration and Diaspora
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Memorial Landscapes
  • Geographies of Sport

Regional Focus

  •  The Hispanic World
  • Spain
  • Argentina
  • Teaching Professor, Social Sciences Undergraduate Studies Director
  • Peace Corps Prep Program Director
  • Sustainability Science and Society Program Advisor

Areas of Expertise

  • International/transnational development
  • Faith-based development
  • Gender
  • Human rights
  • Global service learning
  • African studies (Niger)
  • Disaster risk reduction and vulnerability
  • Department Chair, Social Sciences
  • Director, Geospatial Research Facility
  • Professor of Geography and GIS

Research Interests

  • Environmental Change and Life Course Epidemiology
  • Urban Environments and Population Health
  • Public Participatory GIS
  • Historical GIS & Deep Mapping
  • Spatial Humanities 
  • Deindustrialization and Shrinking Cities
  • Time-Space Integration and Modeling in GIS
  • Demography and Historical Record Linkage
  • Sense of Place and Neighborhood Construction
  • Distinguished Professor of Environmental History, Social Sciences
  • Affiliated Professor, CFRES

Areas of Interest

  • Toxics, forested watersheds, and northern lakes
  • Environmental history
  • Watershed change and water quality
  • Mining history
  • Associate Teaching Professor
  • Social Sciences Program Advisor
  • University Ombuds

Areas of Interest

  • Resource Economics
  • Cyberlaw
  • Intellectual Property
  • Constitutional Law
  • Orientation to Legal Careers
  • American Government
Mark Rhodes II
"Every artist, every scientist, must decide NOW where they stand. They have no alternative. There is no standing above the conflict on Olympian heights. There are no impartial observers. Through the destruction-in certain countries-of the greatest of human literary heritages, through the propagation of false ideas of racial and national superiority, the artist, the scientist, the writer is challenged. The struggle invades the formerly cloistered halls of our universities and other seats of learn
  • Assistant Professor of Geography

Research Interests

  • Post-Industrial Geographies & Heritage
  • National Identity in the 21st Century
  • Cultural Sustainability and Sustainable Tourism
  • Political Ecology, Place, & Memory
  • Critical Geographies & Memorial Landscapes

Areas of Expertise

  • Memory and Memorialization
  • Heritage Institutions
  • Cultural Landscape
  • Welsh Studies
  • Historical Geography 
  • Cultural Geographies
  • Associate Professor of History

Areas of Expertise

  • Commodity history
  • Global economic and business history
  • History of colonialism
  • Food history
  • Associate Teaching Professor
  • Anthropology and History Program Advisor
  • Associate Professor, Social Sciences
  • Graduate Director, Social Sciences

Research Interests

  • Interdisciplinary studies
  • Social simulation (agent-based modeling)
  • Policy analysis
  • International relations
  • Sustainability assessment
  • Complex adaptive systems
  • Norm evolution and social influence
  • STEM education evaluation
  • Research design and methods
  • Associate 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.
  • Associate Professor of Archaeology and Anthropology

Research Interests

  • Historical and Industrial Archaeologies
  • Heritage and Energy Systems, Sustainability and Development
  • Creativity and Work Process
  • Remote Sensing, Survey, and Geospatial Sciences
  • Heritage, Placemaking, and Culture Building
  • Archaeometry and Conservation Sciences
  • Community-based scholarship, public science/humanities
  • Professor of Sociology, Department of Social Sciences
  • Affiliated Professor, College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
  • Director of Research, Center for Innovation in Sustainability & Resilience

Research Interests

  • Socio-technological systam transitions
  • Technology adoption
  • Energy policy
  • Energy practices
  • Sustainable communities
  • Self-provisioning
  • Environmental education
  • Associate 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.
  • Associate Professor of Anthropology & Archaeology

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-Colonialism, 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)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Professor of Archaeology

Research Interests

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

Adjunct and Affiliated Faculty

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

Shardul Tiwari

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Social Sciences
  • Postdoctoral Scholar
  • PhD, Environmental and Energy Policy - 2022

Education

  • PhD, Environmental and Energy Policy, Michigan Technological University
  • MSc, Power Engineering, Brandenburg Technological University, Germany
  • B.Tech, Mechanical Engineering, Uttarakhand Technical University, India 

Research Interests

  • Energy and Environmental Policy
  • Energy Security and Energy Justice
  • Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
  • Power System Economics and Demand Side Management
  • Energy Transition
     
Carolin Sjöholm

Carolin Sjöholm

  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Social Sciences

Education

  • PhD, Economics, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • MS, Economics, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • BS, Economics, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Areas of Expertise

  • Policy Evaluation
  • Development Economics
  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Health Economics
Daniel Trepal

Daniel Trepal

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Social Sciences
  • Senior Geospatial Research Scientist

Education

  • PhD, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology, Michigan Technological University
  • MS, Industrial Archaeology, Michigan Technological University
  • BS, Anthropology and History, Cleveland State University

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
  • Publicly-engaged Scholarship