Social Sciences

Graduate Student Directory

Adewale Adesanya

Adewale A. Adesanya

  • PhD Candidate, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

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

Research Interests

  •  100% Renewable Electricity for Cities and Communities
  • Renewable Energy Technology Adoption
  • Energy Policy and Justice
  • Community Energy Development
  • Sustainable Energy Systems Modelling
  • Climate Change
  • Applied Informatics in Energy Planning and Energy Efficiency
Josephine Amponsem

Josephine Amponsem

  • PhD Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Advisor

Education

  • MS, Natural Resource Economics, Michigan Technological University
  • BS, Materials Engineering, KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana

Research Interests

  • Environmental and Energy Policy
  • Environmental and Energy Justice
  • Policy Processes
  • Policy Analysis
  • Sustainability Technology Adoption and Diffusion
Andrew Anklam

Andrew Anklam

  • MS Student, Industrial Archaeology

Thesis Topic

  • Lost and Found: Identifying Ephemeral Mining Sites At Isle Royale National Park By Reconstructing Government Land Office Survey Paths In GIS  
  • Advisor: LouAnn Wurst

Education

  • BS, Archaeology, University Wisconsin La Crosse
  • BS, Geographical Information Systems, University Wisconsin La Crosse  

Research Interests

  • Industrial and historical archaeology
  • Landscape archaeology
  • Cultural resource management
  • The archaeology of resource extraction
  • Geospatial data collection and management
  • Remote sensing
  • Object based image analysis and machine learning classifiers for archaeological feature delineation
     
Jessica Applin

Jessica Applin

  • MS Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

  • BS, Political Science & History, Grand Valley State University 

Research Interests

  • Climate Change
  • Environmental Law & Governmental Regulation
  • Sustainable Forestry & Industry Regulation
  • Urban Forestry & Urban Planting Initiatives
  • Environmental & Public Policy History
  • Incentive Based Environmental Programs
     
Courtney Archambeau

Courtney Archambeau

  • MS Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Advisor

Angie Carter

Education

  • BS, Social Sciences, Michigan Technological University

Research Interests

  •  Food systems
  • Community engagement
  • Food policy
  • Food policy councils
Ziigwanikwe (Katy) Bresette

Ziigwanikwe (Katy) Bresette

  • MS Student, Environmental and Energy Policy
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
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
Karen Colbert

Karen Colbert

  • PhD Student, Computational Science and Engineering

Advisors

Education

  • MS, Data Science, Michigan Technological University
  • BS, Electrical Engineering, Michigan Technological University 

Research Interests

  • Social Network Analysis
  • Race, Ethnicity, & Quantitative Methodologies
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Bridging Equity Gaps in Higher Education for BIPOC 
  • Assessment Tool Development for Tribal Colleges
  • Math Curriculum for Trial Colleges using Growth Mindset
Josef Iwanicki

Josef Iwanicki

  • MS Student, Industrial Archaeology

Thesis Topic 

Education

  • BS, Anthropology, Michigan Technological University

Research Interests

  • Marxist Theory
  • Archaeology of Capitalism
  • Historical and Industrial Archaeology
  • Masculinities
  • Confined Labor 
Talva Jacobson

Talva Jacobson

  • PhD Candidate, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology

Education

  • MA, Historic Archaeology, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Newfoundland, Canada
  • BFA, Visual Art, University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

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
James Juip

James Juip

  • PhD Student, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology
  • GIS Analyst

Advisor

Education

  • BS, Geology - Earth Science Education, Michigan Technological University 

Research Interests

  • Community Based Participatory Research
  • Historic GIS
  • Inclusive Historic Interpretation within Post-Industrial Communities 
Larissa Juip

Larissa Juip

  • PhD Student, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology

Education

  • MA, Anthropology-University of Manitoba
  • BA, Anthropology (Archaeology emphasis)-Minnesota State University Moorhead

Research Interests

  • Indigenous research methodologies
  • Natural and cultural interpretation
  • Truth and reconciliation
  • Collaborative heritage management and interpretation
  • Removing barriers to accessing heritage information
     
Jordan Kelley

Jordan Kelley

  • MS Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

  • BS, Wildlife Ecology - with concentration Conservation Biology, University of Maine 

Research Interests

  • Policy Solutions for Environmental Conservation and Ecology 
Dane Kim

Dane Kim

  • PhD Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Advisor

Education

  • BS, Environmental Engineering, University of Southern California
  • MS, Environmental Engineering, University of Southern California
     

Research Interests

  • Energy Transition
  • Energy Policy
  • Air Pollution
  • Energy Justice and Governance
  • Data Analytic Research Methods 
Robert La Fave

Robert A. La Fave

  • PhD Candidate, 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
Don Lee

Don Lee

  • PhD Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Advisors

Education

  • MS, Environmental Policy and Management, American Public University
  • BA, General Studies, Aquinas College

Research Interests

  • Democratization of energy through public and municipal ownership of energy systems
  • Regionally appropriate clean/renewable energy technology adaptation
  • Distributed generation
  • Energy Economics
  • Climate change mitigation and resilience 
Hongmei Lu

Hongmei Lu

  • PhD Candidate, Environmental and Energy Policy

Dissertation Topic

Education

  • MSc, Landscape Architecture and Planning, Wageningen University, NL
  • MSc, Landscape Architecture, Nanjing Agricultural University, CN
  • BSc, Landscape Architecture, Nanjing Agricultural University, CN

Research Interests

  • Co-production as a policy instrument in urban solid waste management.

  • Policy entrepreneur as the main driver of green roof policy development
  • Legislation and regulation of for-profit shopping mall roof garden in metropolitan areas
  • Quasi-Public-Private-Partnership (QPPP) in non-liberal politico-economic systems
  • Street-level bureaucracy and community-based policy implementation
William Lytle

William Lytle

  • PhD Candidate, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

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

Research Interests

  • Social license
  • Sustainable development
  • Environmental justice
  • Critical analysis of conservation
Michael Madison

Michael Madison

  • 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
Maia Madrid

Maia Madrid

  • PhD Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

  • BS, Geology, Calvin College 

Research Interests

  • Renewable energy
  • Alternative fuels
  • Energy transitions in rural contexts 
Timothy Maze

Timothy Maze

  • MS Student, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology

Advisor

Education

  • BS, Anthropology, Eastern Michigan University 

Research Interests

  • Labor History
  •  Site Formation Processes
  •  Archaeology of Capitalism
  •  Public Archaeology and Interpretation
Roland Ofori

Roland Ofori

  • PhD Candidate, 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
Kyle Parker-McGlynn

Kyle Parker-McGlynn

  • PhD Student, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology

Dissertation Topic

Education Outreach Using Digital Archaeology

Education

  • BS Geography Northern Michigan University
  • GIS Certificate Northern Michigan University
  • MS in Geography University of Idaho

Research Interests

  • Digital Preservation
  • Empowerment Through Technology
  • Digital Educational Outreach
  • Educational Gaming
  • GIS 
Alexis Pascaris

Alexis Pascaris

  • MS Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Advisor

Chelsea Schelly  

Education

  • BS, Environmental Studies & Sustainability, Michigan State University  

Research Interests

  • Renewable Energy
  • Agrivoltaics
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Sustainable Land-Use
  • Land Conservation
  • Community Energy Development 
Valentin Pulido

Valentin Pulido

  • PhD Student, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology

Advisors

Education

  • MS, Historic Preservation, Eastern Michigan University 
  • BA, Sociology, Michigan State University
  • BS, Graphic Design, The Art Institute of Las Vegas

Research Interests

  • Industrial Heritage
  • Memory and Heritage
  • Cultural Landscape
  • Historic Preservation
  • Historical GIS

Jennifer E. Rachels

  • PhD Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Dissertation Topic

Blue Collar Jobs in the Green Workforce: What is a ‘Good Job’?

Education

  • MPA, MBA, MA (Global Leadership in Sustainable Development), Hawai’i Pacific University
  • BS, Ed, Recreation- Natural Resource Management, University of Georgia

Research Interests

  • Primary interest: The workforce of the energy sector, in the context of history and the coming market transformation
  • Project and program failures in international economic development (particularly electricity projects)
  • Public-private partnerships for utility-scale energy resource development
  • Energy use and poverty
Hamza Raheel

Hamza Raheel

  • PhD Candidate, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

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

Research Interests

  • Fossil-fuel subsidies, their social, economic and environmental impact (more broadly sustainable development), and the challenges to their reform
  • ISO 14001 in oil and gas industries
Marie Richards

Marie R Richards

  • PhD Student, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology

Education

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

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
Kai Schmidt

Kai Schmidt

  • MS Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

  • BS, Audio Engineering Technology, Lawrence Technological University 

Research Interests

  • Renewable Energy
  • Sustainable Development
  • Energy Justice
  • Community Engagement   
     
     
James Schwaderer

James Schwaderer

  • PhD Student, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology

Education

  • MA, Anthropology, Western Michigan University
  • BA, History, Michigan State University

Research Interests

  • Industrial Archaeology
  • Foodways
  • Virtual Archaeology
  • 3D Photogrammetry
  • Faunal Analysis
Kabanda Herve Christian Sheja

Kabanda Herve Christian Sheja

  • PhD Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

  • BS, Integrated Science, University of Nebraska-Lincoln 

Research Interests

  • Renewable Energy Adoption
  • Energy Access
  • Energy Justice
  • Energy Conservation 
Cooper Sheldon

Cooper David Sheldon

  • MS Student, Industrial Archaeology

Education

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

Research Interests

  • Industrial Heritage Volunteerism
  • Contemporary Archaeology
  • Rural Industrial Communities
  • Museum Volunteer Management
  • Rural and Urban Industrial Heritage Representation
Jacob Slattery

Jacob Slattery

  • PhD Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Dissertation Topic

  • Assessing food, energy and water (FEW) policies and conservation behavior in US households: an integrative approach
  • Advisor: Mark Rouleau

Education

  • MS, Natural Resources, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
  • BS, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of Minnesota

Research Interests

  • Arboriculture and urban forestry
  • Survey design
  • Ecological and environmental citizenship
  • Policy processes
  • Policy paradigms
  • Norms and theories of behavior change

Gary Spikberg

Gary Spikberg

  • MS Student, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology
  • GIS Analyst

Education

  • BS, Computer Science, Michigan Technological University

Research Interests

  •  Heritage Interpretation
  • French Canadian Migration
  • Record Linkage
  • Virtual Reality
  • Deep Mapping
  • Historical GIS

 

Shardul Tiwari

Shardul Tiwari

  • PhD Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Advisors

Education

  • 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
     
Emma Wuepper

Emma Wuepper

  • MS Student, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology

Education

  • BS, History, Northern Michigan University 

Research Interests

  • Museum Studies
  • Production and Trade of Textiles