Dana R. Fisher is a Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Program for Society and the Environment at the University of Maryland. Her research focuses on understanding the relationship between environmentalism and democracy—most recently studying environmental stewardship and American climate politics. Her research employs a mixed-methods approach that integrates data collected through open-ended semi-structured interviews and participant observation with various forms of survey data.


Fisher is the author of National Governance and the Global Climate Change Regime (Rowman and Littlefield Press 2004), Activism, Inc. (Stanford University Press 2006), the Practice of Research (with Shamus Khan, Oxford University Press 2013), and Urban Environmental Stewardship and Civic Engagement (with Erika S. Svendsen and James Connolly, Routledge Press 2015).  She is the editor, along with Stewart Lockie and David Sonnenfeld, of the Routledege International Handbook of Social and Environmental Change (2013). Her work has also been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals. She edits the new Series on Society and the Environment at Columbia University Press along with Lori Peek and Evan Schofer.


Fisher's research has been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, Wired, Science Magazine, various programs on National Public Radio, the No Jargon podcast of the Scholars Strategy Network, and in "The Collectors: Political Action," a documentary short by FiveThirtyEight and ESPN Films. She also writes occasionally for the Huffington Post. Her work has been presented to federal agencies, foundations, and other organizations, including the National Science Foundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Let’s Move Campaign at the White House, the Brookings Institution, and to program members at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation.  For more information, see her profiles on SheSource and the Scholars Strategy Network .


Fisher received her Ph.D. and Master of Science degrees from the Department of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her undergraduate degree is in East Asian Studies and Environmental Studies from Princeton University.



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