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Jennifer Hirsch

Dr. Jennifer Hirsch is an applied anthropologist recognized nationally for fostering participation in sustainability action, using methods from anthropology, asset-based community development, participatory facilitation, and popular and museum education. Since August 2015, she has been the inaugural Director of the Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain at the Georgia Institute of Technology, equipping students, faculty, and staff to work collaboratively with community and industry partners to create sustainable communities.

Dr. Hirsch received a bachelor’s degree in American Culture from Northwestern University and a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University. Before coming to Georgia Tech, she worked in Chicago as the Urban Anthropology Director at The Field Museum of Natural History and, most recently, as an independent consultant with clients such as the City of Cleveland, Enterprise Community Partners, the U.S. Green Building Council-Illinois Chapter, University of Illinois at Chicago, Joliet Junior College, and The Institute of Cultural Affairs.

Dr. Hirsch holds fellow appointments with the Institute of Cultural Affairs, USA and the Field Museum’s Science Action Center and serves on the faculty of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at Northwestern University.

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