Social Sciences

Graduate Student Directory

Adewale Adesanya

Adewale A. Adesanya

  • PhD Student, 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
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
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
     
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 Candidate, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

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

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

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

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 
Larissa Harris

Larissa Harris

  • PhD Student, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology

Advisor

Melissa Baird

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
     
Gideon Hoekstra

Gideon Hoekstra

  • MS Student, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology

Thesis Topic

Education

  • BA, Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison 

Research Interests

  • Mining Archaeology
  • Evolutionary Anthropology
  • "Rust Belt" and Midwestern Archaeology  
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 Student, 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
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

  • 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
Andy Mueller

Andy Mueller

  • PhD Candidate, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology
Sun Nguyen

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
Kyle Parker-McGlynn

Kyle Parker-McGlynn

  • PhD Student, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology

Disertation 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

  •  Energy Efficiency
  • Sustainable Energy Systems
  • Energy Policy
  • Climate Change Mitigation
  • Community Energy Development
  • Alternative & Renewable Energies 

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 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 behavior 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

  • 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
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
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

Education

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

Research Interests

  • Social-ecological systems
  • Norms, behavior theories, and behavior change
  • Environmental politics
  • Urban forestry, arboriculture, and invasive species management
  • Water policy and governance 
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 
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
     
Azat Turegeldin

Azat Turegeldin

  • MS Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

  •  Kazakh National Technical University