Melissa 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 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. An article on socially responsible investing as a form of financial dissent that seeks to inscribe gendered concerns into everyday investment is forthcoming in the edited volume: Political Affairs: Bridging Markets and Politics. 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. Specifically, she is exploring how new urban economic movements and practices counter hegemonic forms of global capitalism. This fall she will be teaching “Geographies of Governance, Development, and Mainstream Feminism” and “Gender in the Urban Environment.”