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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 is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU. She is also a Visiting Fellow at Columbia University's Center for the Study of Social Difference. Fisher 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 American Studies, Urban Studies, 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 and practice. Fisher has also published in edited volumes and 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).

Fisher has given numerous key notes and conference talks nationally and internationally. Her research has also been profiled by The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, NPR and the BBC. Her current ethnographic project is on the way new economic movements are reshaping people's understanding of work, ownership and urban activism. 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 08/18/2014