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Michael Carriere, Ph.D. - Milwaukee School of Engineering. Milwaukee, WI, US

Michael Carriere, Ph.D.

Professor, Director, Honors Program | Milwaukee School of Engineering


Dr. Michael Carriere is an urban historian, with expertise in American history, urban studies and sustainability.





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Michael Carriere, Milwaukee School of Engineering


Education, Licensure and Certification (3)

University Of Chicago: Ph.D., American Urban History 2010

University Of Chicago: M.A., American History 2002

Hampshire College: B.A., American History 1998


Dr. Michael Carriere is an associate professor in MSOE’s Humanities, Social Science and Communication Department. He also is director of the Honors Program. He is an urban historian and studies the growth and evolution of communities and the impact of social issues. He works closely with MSOE's honors students on ‘real-world’ projects that allow young engineers to develop their respective skill sets while practicing a pedagogy based on collaboration, interdisciplinary and inter-institutional partnerships. Carriere spent two years as a junior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a Washington D.C. think tank, before entering graduate school at the University of Chicago and earning a Ph.D. in American history.

Areas of Expertise (8)


American History

General Social Science

Honors Program


General Humanities

Student Affairs

Urban Studies

Accomplishments (1)

Karl O. Werwath Engineering Research Award, MSOE


Affiliations (2)

  • Faculty Senate: Member
  • Carter Academy Fellow: Member


Media Appearances (3)

National Impact of Milwaukee’s Urban Farming History Highlighted in New Exhibit

Milwaukee Independent  


“We found that urban farmers around the country were often trained by Will Allen, founder of Milwaukee-based urban farm Growing Power,” said Dr. Michael Carriere, an associate professor in MSOE’s Humanities,

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Museum Exhibits to See in Milwaukee When the Weather Gets Cold

Milwaukee Magazine  


The museum’s next major show, starting Jan. 18, will be “Growing Place: A Visual Study of Urban Farming.” It will feature photos, prints, ephemera and artifacts – all depicting Milwaukee’s urban farming heritage, curated by MSOE associate professor Michael Carriere, according to Kieselburg.

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Will Allen Returns to his Roots

Shepherd Express  


“One of the things I have issues with is the way this story is sometimes being portrayed, that Growing Power was a failure, that [its dissolution] sort of shows how unsustainable these things are,” says Michael Carriere, an associate professor at MSOE (Milwaukee School of Engineering) who specializes in urban agriculture and urban redevelopment. “First and foremost, as an entity, Growing Power lasted 25 years, which is quite a long time for a non-profit. Second, Will [Allen] continues to farm every day.”

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Event and Speaking Appearances (5)

The City as Text: Service-Learning as a Way to Re-Plan the Urban Landscape

Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Annual Conference  Portland, OR


From Haymarket to Farmer’s Market

Urban History Association Eighth Biennial Conference  Chicago, IL


On Education and Social Justice

North Shore Rotary Club  Brown Deer, WI


The Promise – and Peril – of Creative Placemaking,

Imagining America National Conference  Milwaukee, WI,


Moment of Crisis, Moment of Opportunity: Race and the Politics of Power

World Affairs Seminar  Carroll University, Waukesha, WI