Dr. Jessica Herlich

Assistant Professor of Sustainability Studies

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Dr. Herlich holds degrees in Anthropology, Archaeology, and History, with a concentration in American Indian Studies, holding a Ph.D. and M.A. from the College of William and Mary and a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University. She served as an adjunct faculty member and was the adjunct faculty representative during the 2017-2018 academic year, teaching courses in Anthropology, Food and Agriculture, and humanities.

Prior to joining the Unity Community, Dr. Herlich served in a teaching capacity at Northern Virginia Community College, Southern New Hampshire University, and the College of William and Mary, and explored research projects around the globe from Israel and Turkey to Greece, Switzerland, and even New England. Her robust interdisciplinary research program has focused on fieldwork and laboratory analyses of archaeological material culture and archaeobotanical specimens.  She is particularly interested in the environmental sustainability issues related to wild versus domestic resources throughout New England, and explores how historical ecology informs best practices for current environmental conservation. Her broad range of sustainability-focused teaching and research experience will be a welcome addition to our existing strengths across the College, and fill an important role in the social sciences and humanities.