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Melissa Fisher, a cultural anthropologist, is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU. She teaches courses in urban culture, finance, and feminism. Her 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 first 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 published book chapters and in journals including City and Society, Collaborative Anthropologies, and Globalizations. She is also the co-editor of Frontiers of Capitalism: Ethnographic Reflections on the New Economy (Duke Press, 2006). 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 appeared in the 2014 documentary Makers: Women in Business. She has received grants and fellowships, including awards from the Alfred Sloan Foundation and the Institute for Advance Study at Lancaster University. She is currently engaged in a new research project on entrepreneurship, alternative economies, and new forms of racial and gendered activism, based on fieldwork in New York City and Berlin.
Teaching and Research Interests
feminism and capitalism; global elites and finance; Wall Street and popular culture; alternative economies and cities
B.A. English, Barnard College M.A. Anthropology, Columbia University, 1992 M.Phil. Anthropology, Columbia University, 1994 Ph.D. Anthropology, Columbia University, 2003
On September 7, 2016, Professor Melissa Fisher, along with several other experts, was interviewed on CNBC about the 2016 film Equity.
Professor Fisher recently became a research associate on a project based out of Stockholm University, “Global Foresight: Anticipatory Governance and the Making of Geo-cultural Scenarios.” Her article, “Wall Street Women: Professional Saviors of the Global Economy,” was published in a 2015 issue of Critical Perspectives on International Business and was selected by the journal’s editorial team as a Highly Commended Paper for the 2016 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence. In June 2016, she was a keynote speaker at Beyond the Zombie Economy: Building a Common Agenda for Change, which was held at the Political Economy Research Centre at Goldsmiths, University of London, in London, England. This past year she also presented her work at The Institute for Research on Women and Gender at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; the Program on Gender and Global Change at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, Switzerland; and The European Group for Organizational Studies in Naples, Italy.