Graduate Student Directory

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
Courtney Archambeau

Courtney Archambeau

  • MS Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

  • BS, Social Sciences, Michigan Technological University

Research Interests

  •  Food systems
  • Community engagement
  • Food policy
  • Food policy councils
Brooke Batterson

Brooke Batterson

  • MS Student, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology

Education

  • BA, History, Michigan Technological University

Research Interests

  • Vernacular Architecture
  • Labor History
  • Social Mobility
  • Industrial Archaeology
  • Francophone Migration
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
Aritra Chakrabarty

Aritra Chakrabarty

  • PhD Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

  • BA, Economics, University of Mumbai
  • MS, Economics (Development Studies), Symbiosis International University

Research Interests

  • Sustainability Studies
  • Human Development
  • Renewable Energy Policy
  • Policy Analysis and Energy Issues in Global South
Karen Colbert

Karen Colbert

  • PhD Student, Computational Science and Engineering

Advisor

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
Madelina DiLisi

Madelina DiLisi

  • MS Student (Accelerated), Environmental and Energy Policy

Advisor

Education

  • BS, Sustainability Science and Society, Michigan Technological University

Research Interests

  • Food Systems
  • Community Engagement
  • Food Policy
  • Environmental and Energy Policy
Abbi Halkola

Abbi Halkola

  • PhD Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

  • BS, Social Sciences, Michigan Technological University
  • MA, Sociology, Eastern Michigan University
  • Graduate Certificate, Post-Secondary STEM Education, Michigan Technological University

Research Interests

  • Environmental Justice
  • Equitable Policy Implementation
  • Rural Sociology
Zachary Hough Solomon

Zachary Hough Solomon

  • MS Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

  • BS, Forestry, Northland College

Research Interests

  • Environmental History
  • Climate Change Adaptation
  • Payment for Ecosystem Services
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
     
Zoé Ketola

Zoé Ketola

  • MS Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

  • BS, Engineering, Michigan Technological University

Research Interests

  • Energy & Environmental Justice
  • Social Acceptability of Energy Transitions
  • Energy Use and Poverty in Rural Communities
  • Renewable Energy Accessibility and Adaptation
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

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 
Jace Lutey

Jace Lutey

  • MS Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

  • BS, Computer Science, Michigan Technological University

Research Interests

  • Capitalism and Schizophrenia: Rebuilding the Socius of the Earth
  • Indigenous and Intersectional Justice
  • The Red Deal and Global Energy Justice
  • Capitalist Representation, Capitalist Realism, and Manufacturing Consent 
Wandipa Mualefhe

Wandipa La-Toya Mualefhe

  • PhD Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Advisor

Education

  • MS, Atmosphere/Energy, Stanford University
  • BS, Civil Engineering (Structures), Stanford University

Research Interests

  • Climate Justice
  • Climate/Environmental Policy
  • Energy Policy
  • Climate Change
  • Policymaking
  • Policy Analysis
  • Gendered Power
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 
Julia Petersen

Julia Petersen

  • PhD Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

  • Master of Public Administration (MPS), University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy & Governance
  • Bachelor of Arts, Education, University of Michigan
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of Michigan

Research Interests

  • Great Lakes Water Policy
  • Climate Change Induced Human Migration
  • Local and Regional Public Policy
  • Environmental Policy
  • Sustainability at the Level of Local Government
Cindy Pindral

Cindy Pindral

  • MS Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

  • BA Geography, University of Colorado Colorado Springs
  • Graduate Certificate Sustainability, Michigan Technological University

Research Interests

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Sustainable Development
  • Environmental Policy
  • Climate Change
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
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
Timothy Stone

Timothy Stone

  • MS Student, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology

Education

  • BS, Sustainability Sciences and Society, Michigan Technological University

Research Interests

  • Quantitative Geography
  • Health Geographies
  • Historical Geographic Information Systems (HGIS)
  • Sustainable Development
  • Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)
  • Natural Disasters / Natural Hazards
Shardul Tiwari

Shardul Tiwari

  • PhD Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

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

  • PhD Student, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology

Education

  • BS, History, Northern Michigan University 

Research Interests

  • Museum Studies
  • Production and Trade of Textiles