About The Department

Engaging Diverse Social Science Perspectives to Take on Society’s Challenges

The application of science and technology to the study of individuals and society is called social science. And the approach WPI takes to this important discipline reflects its wide-ranging implications.

The Social Science & Policy Studies (SSPS) department is committed to educating students about the relationships between society and technology, Our programs offer students a diverse course of study in science, engineering, and technology—whether their primary interests lie in social science or natural science, management, or engineering. This provides a solid foundation for graduate school or rewarding careers in business, government, and non-profits.

SSPS undergraduate students can select majors, minors, and courses in economics, system dynamics, psychology, political science and public policy, sociology, and law. Graduate students may pursue an MS or certificate in system dynamics or an interdisciplinary PhD.

 
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    Faculty Profile

    Name: James Kevin Doyle
    Department: Social Science & Policy Studies
    Title: Department Head and Associate Professor

    Professor Doyle's research and teaching interests include applied social and cognitive psychology; system dynamics; and judgment and decision making.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Janice Gobert
    Department: Social Science & Policy Studies
    Title: Associate Professor

    Professor Gobert and her team are working towards developing an intelligent tutoring system that will assess students and tutor them in real time as they learn science.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Melissa-Sue John
    Department: Social Science & Policy Studies
    Title: Assistant Professor

    Professor John’s teaching philosophy is that students learn best when they are engaged, believe the professor genuinely cares for them, and when the material is relevant.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Oleg V. Pavlov
    Department: Social Science & Policy Studies
    Title: Associate Professor

    Professor Pavlov’s research examines the interests of stakeholders and takes a system-wide view that combines relevant technological, psychological, social, and economic factors.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Michael Radzicki
    Department: Social Science & Policy Studies
    Title: Associate Professor

    In 1990 Professor Radzicki created WPI’s program in system dynamics and most recently he and Professor Hossein Hakim created WPI's program in trading system development.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Jeanine Skorinko
    Department: Social Science & Policy Studies
    Title: Assistant Professor

    Professor Skorinko’s research program attempts to understand how factors in our social environment, especially those we are unaware of, influence decisions and interpersonal interactions.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Alexander D. Smith
    Department: Social Science & Policy Studies
    Title: Assistant Professor

    Professor Smith is especially interested in learning how behavior relates to beliefs about the actions of others and how psychology can be used for promoting pro-social behavior.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: John McCamy Wilkes
    Department: Society, Technology & Policy
    Title: Associate Professor

    Professor Wilkes applies work drawn from creativity and personality research in psychology to the questions of scientific accomplishment at the individual, team, and disciplinary level.

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