Christy Miller Hesed

Christy Miller Hesed
Mathematics Professor
Phone 620-327-8261
Office Kropf Center

Affiliated Departments or Programs


  • B.A., biology, minor in environmental science, Goshen (Ind.) College
  • M.S., sustainable development and conservation biology, University of Maryland (College Park)
  • Ph.D., anthropology, University of Maryland

Research interests

  • Environmental anthropology
  • Environmental justice
  • Climate change adaptation and resilience


  • 2017. Miller Hesed, Christine D. and David M. Ostergren. Promoting Climate Justice in High Income Countries: Lessons from African American Communities on the Chesapeake Bay. Climatic Change 143: 185–200.
  • 2017. Miller Hesed, Christine D. Responding to Climate Change: Local Knowledge in African American Communities on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. In Socialism in Process: Ecology and Politics Toward a Sustainable Future. Justin Heinzekehr and Philip Clayton, eds. Pp. 181-203. Claremont, CA: Process Century Press.
  • 2016. Miller Hesed, Christine D. Integrating Environmental Justice and Social-Ecological System Resilience for Successful Adaptation to Climate Change: Lessons from African American Communities on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Dissertation for Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology, University of Maryland – College Park.
  • 2015. Miller Hesed, Christine D. and Michael Paolisso. Cultural knowledge and local vulnerability in African American communities. Nature Climate Change 5(7): 683-687.
  • 2013. Miller Hesed, Christine D. The New Holy Wars: Economic Religion vs. Environmental Religion in Contemporary America. Review of Social Economy 71(1): 123–126.
  • 2012. Miller Hesed, Christine D. A Response to Jerstad: Overlooked Strengths of an Anthropology of Climate Change. Imponderabilia 4: 59–61.
  • 2010. Miller Hesed, Christine D. The Influence of Christianity on Environmental Attitudes. Scholarly Paper for Master of Science in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology, University of Maryland – College Park.

Personal Statement

One of my greatest joys as a teacher is getting to witness that “aha!” moment when a difficult concept at last becomes clear. I first became interested in teaching when I was part of a calculus study group in high school. Because I thought math was fun, I often had my homework completed prior to our study group meetings. This left me free to help my friends with their homework. I found it so rewarding to be able to tutor my peers and watch their knowledge progress. I have loved teaching ever since.

Courses Taught

  • MaSc 105 College Algebra (3 hours)
  • MaSc 210 Elementary Statistics (3 hours)

In Addition …

What draws you to the field of mathematics?

I have always loved math! As a perfectionist, I appreciate that with math you can solve a problem for the exact right answer. I also like how math is so versatile and can be applied to any problem. Most recently, I have used math to approximate the level of agreement within and between groups on issues of climate change. How cool is that?!

What about teaching energizes you?

I get most energized from teaching when students get excited about a topic and want to know even more about it than what I had planned to cover. This often leads to good discussions in which I get to learn something new too! It is fun to be able to go into more depth on a topic that students find particularly interesting and relevant.

Who are your role models or mentors? How have they influenced you/your life/your faith/your approach to teaching and/or your discipline?

When I think about my teaching role models, I think first of my professor, adviser, mentor and friend at Goshen College – Jody Saylor. Jody was a role model to me in many ways: she demonstrated how to hold faith and science together, how to be a mom and a professor, and how to teach in an engaging way. Because of her example, I have felt that I too could be a woman who teaches in math and science, and I hope that I might in turn inspire other young women to do likewise.

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