Social Sciences

Recent Graduates Directory

John Arnold

John Arnold

  • PhD, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology - 2017

Thesis Topic

Education

  • PhD, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology, Michigan Technological University
  • MS, Historic Preservation, University of Oregon
  • MArch, Architecture, University of Oregon
  • BS, Biology, University of Oregon

Research Interests

  • Historical GIS
  • Post-Industrial Landscapes
  • 3D Digital Modeling
  • Architecture & Design of the Human Environment
Aparajita Banerjee

Aparajita Banerjee

  • PhD, Environmental and Energy Policy - 2016

Education

  • PhD, Environmental and Energy Policy, Michigan Technological University
  • MA, Economics, Jadavpur University

Research Interests

  • I have two interrelated research foci for my doctoral dissertation. The first one relates to understanding the socio-ecological impacts of biofuels, primarily on local communities where biofuel production systems are embedded.
  • The other research focus is to understand how local, regional, and national level biofuel policies are in sync with community values and perceptions of the members, and figuring out who the main actors and institutions behind these policies are.
  • I spend most of my spare time in reading newspapers, travelling, and watching classic, experimental, and rare movies around the world.
Brad Barnett

Brad Barnett

  • PhD, Environmental and Energy Policy - 2018

Education

  • PhD, Environmental and Energy Policy, Michigan Technological University
  • MA, Public Administration, University of Eastern Kentucky
  • BA, Political Science, University of Kentucky

Research Interests

  • As a doctoral student at Michigan Tech, my research focuses on various aspects of sustainable bioenergy development including, but not limited to: consumer willingness to pay for renewable energy; impacts of local, national, and international feedstock certification programs; and third generation technology diffusion barriers.
  • Prior to beginning my doctoral program at Michigan Tech, I spent several years overseeing business operations and coordinating an interdisciplinary biofuels research program at Eastern Kentucky University's Center for Renewable and Alternative Fuel Technology (CRAFT).
Adrian Blake

Adrian Blake

  • MS, Industrial Archaeology - 2016

Educaton

  • MS, Industrial Archaeology, Michigan Technological University
  • B.A. (Hon.), North American Archaeology, Wilfred Laurier Univ. (2013)

Research Interests

  • Built and standing heritage
  • Heritage planning and recording
  • Adaptive reuse and cultural resource management
  • Metallurgy and blacksmithing
  • Development of building and construction materials (i.e. lime mortar and concrete)
Marley Chynoweth

Marley Chynoweth

  • MS, Industrial Archaeology - 2017

Thesis Topic

Education

  • MS, Industrial Archaeology, Michigan Technological University
  • BS, History, Northern Michigan University

Research Interests

  • Isle Royale National Park
  • Industrial and Cultural Landscapes
  • Historic Preservation
  • Cultural Resource Management
  • Public History and Archaeology
  • Mining Heritage
  • Industrial Communities and the Role of Corporate Paternalism
  • Heritage Interpretation in National Forests and Parks
  • History of Elite Sportsmen's Clubs of the U.P.
Mark Dice

Mark Dice

  • MS, Industrial Archaeology - 2018

Thesis Topic

  • ”3D Documentation Technologies and the Preservation and Marketing of Industrial Heritage Sites”
  • Advisor: Timothy Scarlett

Education

  • MS, Industrial Archaeology, Michigan Technological University
  • BA, Music Education, Kansas State Teachers College (Emporia State University)

Research Interests

  • Laser Scanning of Industrial Structures
  • Photogrammetry
  • Digitalization and Heritage Management
  • Professional Applications of Consumer Technologies in Archaeology
Jennifer Dunn

Jennifer Dunn

  • PhD, Environmental and Energy Policy - 2018

Education

  • PhD, Environmental and Energy Policy, Michigan Technological University
  • MA, Environmental Studies, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington
  • BA, International Relations (Science, Technology Environment), and Public Policy, Michigan State University

Research Interests

  • My master’s thesis examined the biodiesel renewable fuel standard for Washington State. Specifically, my thesis focused on the policy’s shortcomings and the next steps in promoting biodiesel use in the state through alterations of the RFS or creation of new policy and goals.
  • As a doctoral student at Michigan Tech, my research will focus on bioenergy and biofuel policy at the state, national, and international levels.
  • Prior to starting Evergreen’s graduate program, I worked for the Nevada Conservation Corps. During this time, I was an Americorps volunteer on the Trail Restoration Crew, building and restoring trails throughout Nevada, such as the Rim to Reno trail which connects Lake Tahoe to Reno.
Matthew Durocher

Matthew Durocher

  • MS, Industrial Archaeology - 2018

Education

  • MS, Industrial Archaeology, Michigan Technological University
  • BA, English, Michigan Tech

Research Interests

  • Music Technology
  • Social History
  • Archaeology
  • Folklore
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Oral History
  • Documentary Film Production
Sophia Ford

Sophia Ford

  • MS, Environmental and Energy Policy - 2019

Education

  • MS, Environmental and Energy Policy, Michigan Technological University
  • BS, Geology, Kansas State University

Research Interests

  • Environmental Justice
  • Class and Inequality
  • Property
  • Mining and Mineral Policy
  • Feminism and Feminist Theory
Himamshu Ghimire

Himamshu Ghimire

  • MS, Environmental and Energy Policy-2018

Thesis Topic

Education

  • MS, Environmental and Energy Policy, Michigan Technological University
  • MS, Environmental Science, Miami University of Ohio, Oxford, Ohio
  • Graduate coursework, Environmental Law and Environmental Health and Epidemiology, University of Findlay, Ohio
  • BEng., Civil Engineering, Bangalore University, India
  • Assoc. Arts, Economics, Austin Community College and University of Texas, Austin
  • Assoc. Science, Geography, Austin Community College, Austin, TX

Research Interests

  • Policy for ecologically and economically sustainable energy production and use
Sean Gohman

Sean Gohman

  • Instructor, Social Sciences
  • PhD, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology - 2019

Education

  • PhD, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology, Michigan Tech
  • MS, Industrial Archaeology, Michigan Tech
  • BA, Anthropology, St. Cloud State University

Research Interests

  • Landscape perspectives on the role of energy transformation in the creation of industrial systems
  • Copper Country history and heritage
  • The heritage of sport
Chris Henderson

Chris Henderson

  • MS, Environmental and Energy Policy - 2016

Education

  • MS, Environmental and Energy Policy, Michigan Technological University
  • BS, Resource Conservation and Ecology, University of Montana

Research Interests

  • I am interested in the human dimensions of wildlife management, and for my Master’s thesis I am studying how the changing demographics of hunters and anglers can impact state agencies’ capacity for effective management, conservation, and habitat restoration efforts.
  • My undergraduate research focused on the ecology of invasive species in the western US.
  • My future goals are to integrate my interdisciplinary background and find ways to work at the confluence of social and natural sciences. I believe effective scientific communication and ecological literacy are more important than ever if we hope to address current environmental challenges.
Naima Khan

Naima Khan

  • MS, Environmental and Energy Policy - 2015
Amanda Kreuze

Amanda Kreuze

  • MS, Environmental and Energy Policy - 2015

Education

  • MS, Environmental and Energy Policy, Michigan Technological University
  • BS, Environmental Studies, Western Michigan University
  • BS, Geography, Western Michigan University

Research Interests

  • I am interested in the privatization of water and how that relates to water rights. I am especially interested in these issues in developing countries.
Leonor Medeiros

Leonor A.P. de Medeiros

  • PhD, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology - 2018

Thesis Topic

Education

  • PhD, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology, Michigan Technological University
  • MA, Heritage Management, Ironbridge Institute, University of Birmingham, UK
  • BS, History—Archaeology strand, FCSH, New University of Lisbon

Research Interests

  • Industrial Archaeology and Heritage
  • Industrial Landscapes
  • Mining Communities
  • Landscape Archaeology
  • Sustainable Development
  • Science Communication
  • Current focus: Studying the ways in which industrial heritage and archaeological practice can support sustainable development in postindustrial rural areas.
Mayra Morgan

Mayra S. Morgan

  • PhD, Environmental and Energy Policy - 2019

Dissertation Topic

Education

  • PhD, Environmental and Energy Policy, Michigan Technological University
  • MS, Social Anthropology, Autonomous University of Yucatan (UADY), Yucatan, Mexico
  • BS, Social Anthropology, Autonomous University of Yucatan (UADY), Yucatan, Mexico

Research Interests

  • Sustainable tourism
  • Ecotourism
  • Conservation and community development
  • Human dimensions of natural resources
  • Gender relations
  • Women's rights
  • Children's rights
Erik Nordberg

Erik Nordberg

  • PhD, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology - 2018

Thesis Topic

  • History, Founding, and Early Development of 4 Significant Amer. Industrial Manuscripts Repositories

Education

  • PhD, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology, Michigan Technological University
  • MS, Library Science and Graduate Certificate, Archival Administration, Wayne State University
  • MPhil, Literature, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
  • BA, Humanities, University of Ulster, UK

Research Interests

  • Deindustrialization, re-industrialization, and the impact on cultural resources in urban settings.
  • Archival traces of industrial history.
  • Mining history (president of the Mining History Association, 2016-2017).
Eric Pomber

Eric Pomber

  • MS, Industrial Archaeology - 2016

Education

  • MS, Industrial Archaeology, Michigan Technological University
  • BS, Social Sciences, Michigan Technological University

Thesis Topic

  • Comparative Study of Artifact Assemblages From Fort Wilkins

Research Interests

  • My main area of interest is the conservation of ferrous artifacts through both traditional and experimental methods.
  • I am also interested in wooden boat building and the conservation of historic wooden boats.
Emily Woods Prehoda

Emily Woods Prehoda

  • PhD, Environmental and Energy Policy - 2019

Education

  • PhD, Environmental and Energy Policy, Michigan Technological University
  • MS, Environmental and Energy Policy, Michigan Technological University

Research Interests

  • Energy Policy
  • Solar PV Technology
Mizanur Rahman

Mizanur Rahman

  • PhD, Environmental and Energy Policy - 2016

Education

  • PhD, Environmental and Energy Policy, Michigan Technological University
  • MS, Development Studies, University of Dhaka
  • MS, Chemical Technology, University of Dhaka
  • BS, Applied Chemistry, University of Dhaka

Research Interests

  • I started my career with a financial institution in Bangladesh and also worked with a nonprofit organization as a project coordinator for an education project.
  • Investigating the potentials of renewable energy for alleviating poverty.
Emma Schwaiger

Emma Schwaiger

  • MS, Industrial Archaeology - 2016

Education

  • MS, Industrial Archaeology, Michigan Technological University
  • BA, History, Michigan Technological University

Research Interests

  • I was introduced to the Industrial Archaeology program as an undergraduate student and knew this is what I wanted to do. My interest areas include mine wastes, the impact of industry on the landscape, and how landscapes transformed with technological change.
  • My current research is focused on Torch Lake, specifically, mapping out changes in the industrial shoreline to pin-point possible PCB pollution sites.
Ronesha Strozier

Ronesha Strozier

  • MS, Environmental and Energy Policy - 2015

Education

  • MS, Environmental and Energy Policy, Michigan Technological University
  • BS, Environmental & Natural Resources, Clemson University

Research Interests

  • I am interested in how people interact with their environments. Specifically I want to study human behavior as it relates to their environmental choices. Currently I am studying regulatory teeth as it relates to environmental federalism. I find this topic very interesting because so far it has allowed me to study environmental law from a different perspective that will provide information on how to improve environmental policy in the future.
Fred Sutherland

Fred Sutherland

  • PhD, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology - 2016

Education

  • PhD, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology, Michigan Technological University
  • MA, Anthropology (concentration in historical archaeology), University of Massachusetts–Boston
  • BA, Archaeology, Boston University

Research Interests

  • I have been an archaeologist since 2002, studying industrial sites and communities since 2006. I came to Michigan Tech for my doctorate in 2009. Understanding how people negotiated the changes brought by industrialization is what inspires me.
  • Currently, I am researching the development of the Cuyuna Iron Mining Range in Central Minnesota for my dissertation and am focusing on how the region’s innovations and unusual features made significant national and global contributions in the 20th century.
  • Previous projects include the Quincy Smelter in Ripley, Mich. and the Copake Iron Works in Copake, N.Y.
Daniel Trepal

Daniel Trepal

  • PhD, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology - 2019

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
Ashma Vaidya

Ashma Vaidya

  • PhD, Environmental and Energy Policy - 2016

Education

  • PhD, Environmental and Energy Policy, Michigan Technological University
  • MS, Earth and Environmental Science, Lehigh University
  • BS, Environmental Science, Kathmandu University

Research Interests

  • I am interested in learning ways to develop policy designs for promoting and developing sustainable and renewable energy options.
  • I believe in sustainable development, and believe that unless we opt for sustainable development, development without extreme environmental degradation and natural resource depletion are not possible.
Robert Zupko

Robert Zupko

  • PhD, Computational Science and Engineering - 2019

Education

  • PhD, Computational Science and Engineering, Michigan Technological University
  • MS, Environmental and Energy Policy, Michigan Technological University
  • ALM, concentration Software Engineering, Harvard University
  • BS, Computer Science, Rivier College

Research Interests

  • Agent-based modeling
  • Sustainability
  • Machine learning
  • History