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Melissa Fisher

Melissa S. Fisher

Visiting Assistant Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis

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20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor New York, NY 10003




Melissa Fisher joins the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis as a Visiting Assistant Professor. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in cultural anthropology at Columbia University, and her B.A. at Barnard College. She has received numerous grants and fellowships, including awards from the Alfred Sloan Foundation, the Institute for Advanced Study at Lancaster University, and the Center for Organizational Research at Stockholm University.

Fisher’s research is situated in the interdisciplinary fields of finance, urban studies, and gender, and her work links insights from critical social theory with ethnographic research. Her book, Wall Street Women (Duke University Press, 2012), ethnographically examines how the first cohort of women in finance enacted “market feminisms,” incorporating tenets of liberal feminism such as equal rights into Wall Street institutions and practice. It also explores how they feminized markets. Fisher has also published numerous book chapters and in journals including City and Society and Collaborative Anthropologies. She is also the co-editor of Frontiers of Capitalism: Ethnographic Reflections on the New Economy (Duke Press, 2006), which was nominated for the International Political Economy Group Book Prize in 2007; and she serves on the advisory board of Framing 21st Social Issues (Routledge Press).

Fisher’s current project is on the emergence of “the shared economy” after the global financial crisis. This fall she will be teaching "Emerging Geographies of Governance, Development, and Mainstream Feminism" and "Approaches to Metropolitan Studies."


Frontiers of Capital: Ethnographic Reflections on the New Economy

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Wall Street Women

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Updated on 06/11/2014