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Melissa Fisher

Melissa S. Fisher

Visiting Assistant Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis

Office Address: 

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



Areas of Research/Interest: 

feminism and capitalism; global elites and finance; Wall Street and popular culture; alternative economies and cities; work and labor;social and feminist theory


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

Fisher’s research is situated in the interdisciplinary fields of American Studies, Urban Studies, and Gender and Sexuality Studies as well as Anthropology and Sociology. 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. Fisher has also published book chapters and in journals including City and Society, Collaborative Anthropologies, Critical Perspectives on International Business and Globalizations. She is also the co-editor of Frontiers of Capitalism: Ethnographic Reflections on the New Economy (Duke Press, 2006).

Fisher has given numerous key notes and conference talks nationally and internationally. Her book has received over twenty reviews in academic journals. In addition, her research has been profiled by The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, the BBC and NPR. Her writings have appeared in publications such as Bloomberg, Bill Moyer’s Group Think, and Truthout. She also recently appeared in the documentary Makers: Women in Business.

Fisher is writing a book manuscript tentatively entitled White Corporate Feminism and Its Discontents. She is also engaged in a research project on entrepreneurship, alternative economies, and new forms of racial and gendered activism, based on fieldwork in NYC and Berlin. This academic year, she has been invited to present portions of both projects at Stockholm University’s Department of Anthropology, The Institute for Research on Women and Gender at the University of Michigan, The Program on Gender and Global Change at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, and The Political Economic Research Center at Goldsmiths, University of London. This fall she will be teaching Approaches to Metropolitan Studies and Emerging Geographies of Governance, Development and Mainstream Feminism.


Frontiers of Capital: Ethnographic Reflections on the New Economy

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Wall Street Women

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Updated on 08/22/2016