M.A., Northern Illinois University
B.A., Truman State University
Jessica earned a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Truman in 2012, an MA in Anthropology from Northern Illinois University in 2014, and a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from University of Missouri in 2018. She is a PhD Candidate in Anthropology at the University of Missouri in Columbia where she uses GIS to understand the development of urbanization and infrastructure in the ancient Roman World, specifically focusing on the sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Over the last 7 years, Jessica has taught a variety of classes using face-to-face and online formats for the University of Missouri and Texas A&M University Commerce. When she is not teaching and working on her dissertation, Jessica works as a NAGPRA Specialist for the Museum of Anthropology at MU on projects relating to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. She is also invested in the history and prehistory of Missouri and has served on the board of directors for the Missouri Archaeological Society since 2017. Jessica looks forward to integrating her experience and research interests into her classes and showcasing the value of using an interdisciplinary approach in the social sciences and humanities.