Social Sciences

Industrial Heritage and Archaeology Research

Through industrialization, humans transformed the world, introducing social and environmental changes of unprecedented scope, scale, and speed that continue to impact us today. Industrial archaeologists study the history and heritage of industry, including its roots, evolution, and the patchy decline of postindustrial places. At Michigan Tech, Industrial Archeology—MS and Industrial Heritage—PhD degree students use interdisciplinary studies of the material remains and social memories of industrial workplaces, landscapes, and communities. Our research focuses on the social, political, and ecological construction of technological systems. We also examine the patrimony of industrial societies, considering how communities cope with the onset, effort, and consequences of industrial wealth production.

Faculty Areas of Interest
Experimental Archaeology; Early Large scale iron production; Roman and Anglo-Saxon England; Rise of socially complex societies; International program development
Toxics, forested watersheds, and northern lakes; Environmental history; Watershed change and water quality; Mining history
Environmental anthropology/political ecology; Anthropology of industry (mining, sugar); Hawai`i and the Pacific; Anthropology of public policy
Industrial archaeology; Industrial heritage; Historical archaeology
Environmental Change and Life Course Epidemiology; Urban Environments and Population Health; PPGIS; Applications of GIS for Historical Research; Qualitative GIS; Deindustrialization and Shrinking Cities; Time-Space Integration and Modeling in GIS; Demography and Historical Record Linkage; Sense of Place and Neighborhood Construction
History of Technology; Environmental History; Architectural History; Industrial Archeology; History of the Organization of Industrial Enterprises
History of Globalization; Economic History; History of Imperialism and Colonialism; International Business Organization; Commodity Studies; History of Food
Historical and Industrial Archaeologies; Ecobiography, Creativity and Work; Ceramic Petrology, Neutron Activation Analysis; Community-based scholarship, public science/humanities; Archaeometric and Conservation Sciences
Alternative technology adoption; Renewable energy technologies; Renewable and alternative technology policy; Sustainable communities; Energy conservation and consumption practices; Self-provisioning; Environmental education
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
history of technology; history of science; artillery, fortification, ordnance; history of engineering; military history; Early Modern European history
Historical and Industrial Archaeology; Archaeology of Capitalism; Class and Inequality; Marxist Theory; Historic Preservation and Cultural Resource Management