Jennifer Hirsch

Jennifer Hirsch
Director, Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain
Adjunct Associate Professor, City and Regional Planning

Dr. Jennifer Hirsch is an applied cultural anthropologist recognized internationally for fostering university and community engagement in sustainability and climate action. Since August 2015, she has served as the inaugural Director of Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia in the U.S. South. “Serve-Learn-Sustain” is the Institute’s Quality Enhancement Plan - a campus-wide academic initiative preparing students to use their disciplinary expertise to “create sustainable communities” in partnership with community, nonprofit, business, and academic stakeholders.

Dr. Hirsch is a founding leader of the RCE Greater Atlanta, officially acknowledged in 2017 by the United Nations University – a Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development. She is also Adjunct Assistant Professor at Georgia Tech’s School of City and Regional Planning. She serves on the faculty of The Asset-Based Community Development Institute hosted by DePaul University and on the Board of Directors of AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education).

Before coming to Georgia Tech, Dr. Hirsch worked in Chicago as Associate Director of Study Abroad at Northwestern University; as Urban Anthropology Director at The Field Museum of Natural History; and then as an independent consultant with clients such as the City of Cleveland, Enterprise Community Partners, the U.S. Green Building Council, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Joliet Junior College. Dr. Hirsch received a Bachelor’s degree in American Culture from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Click here for a list of some of Dr. Hirsch's publications and presentations.

Courses Taught

Spring 2017
GT 2803 SLS, GT 4803 SLS, MGT 2803 SLS, EAS 2803 SLS

This course has a GT designation so student in any major can count it towards free electives, and it is additionally cross-listed with Management, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and Industrial & Systems Engineering.

Fall 2016
GT 2803 SLS, GT 4803 SLS, ISyE 2803 SLS, MGT 2803 SLS

This course has a GT designation so student in any major can count it towards free electives, and it is additionally cross-listed with Management and Industrial & Systems Engineering.  You can register for any one of the course numbers and you'll be in the same class!