The Department of Social Sciences at Michigan Technological University is now accepting applications for its MS, MS/PhD, and PhD Industrial Heritage and Archaeology programs. Our department is exceptionally interdisciplinary with core strengths in studying the processes, impacts, and heritage of industrial communities, deindustrialization and postindustrial landscapes. We draw from mixed-methods including landscape, ethnographic, heritage and creative practice, and GIS and spatial analysis methods. We also have MS and PhD programs in Environment and Energy Policy.
Specifically, I am looking for students seeking to explore the spatialities of industrial heritage, post-industrial landscapes, sustainable tourism, and geographies of memory. Such foci could include critical theoretical, creative methodological, and/or community-based activist perspectives. With a dedicated teaching assistant funding line and full tuition support, MS and PhD students working with me are able to explore any topic/project of interest while engaging as little or as much as they wish with my broader research agenda – critically examining industrial heritage institutions in Wales. One incoming student will join current grads and faculty on a research trip in August 2022 to the newly designated Slate Landscapes of Northwest Wales WHS as we work with Bangor University and heritage stakeholders to explore pressures at the intersection of industrial heritage and sustainable tourism planning.
This funding has no citizenship or nationality restrictions or priorities; all are welcome to apply.
Our graduate programs involve courses and a thesis advised by an interdisciplinary faculty with perspectives from geography, history, archaeology, anthropology, heritage studies, political science, and sociology. Students from many different backgrounds are welcomed into our community, united by our interest in industrial and post-industrial communities.
Overall, faculty research engages questions that investigate capitalism, labor, commodities, globalization, critical heritage, industrial & post-industrial communities, participatory GIS and public history, heritage and environmental policy, and the relationship between built and natural environments. Students and faculty regularly work on projects with the National Park Service, National Forest Service, international heritage organizations, museums, and communities interested in heritage, history, environmental policy, and economic development. Both The International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage and the Society of Industrial Archaeology offices are housed within our department and offer additional networks. One of our faculty members is also currently the President of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies. Our graduates pursue careers in cultural resources management, museums, state historic preservation offices, the US park and forest service, and higher education.
Many other faculty are also now recruiting graduate students for funded positions. (https://www.mtu.edu/social-sciences/department/faculty-staff/)
Application deadline is January 15, 2022 for admission in Fall 2021. Those seeking funding should apply by this time in order to be considered for support. We encourage all applicants to identify and contact a potential advisor or sponsor in the department before submitting their application.
In addition, Michigan Tech cooperates with AmeriCorps Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) program, providing opportunities for VISTA volunteers to study for Master’s degrees that draw upon their service year experience in post-industrial communities. See the website for details: http://www.mtu.edu/social-sciences/graduate/osm-vista/.
You can find information about our faculty, courses, degree requirements, and guidelines for preparing your application on our program webpage: http://www.mtu.edu/social-sciences/graduate/programs/