Dana R Fisher


Dana Fisher's research focuses on political decision-making, grassroots activism, and civic participation, aiming to understand how social actors engage in decision-making processes and the successes and failures of such efforts. Much of her attention has focused on non-state actors, looking at them at multiple scales, including the international comparative level, the national level in multiple nation-states (primarily the United States, Japan and countries of the European Union), and the local/grassroots level in the United States. Fisher recently completed two projects that were funded through grants from the US National Science Foundation: Comparing Climate Change Policy Networks (COMPON) project (co-investigator) and Understanding the Dynamic Connections Among Stewardship, Land Cover, and Ecosystem Services in New York City's Urban Forest (lead investigator). With support from the US Forest Service, she is expanding her work on urban stewardship to compare New York City to other cities including Philadelphia. She is the author of The Practice of Research (which Shamus Khan, Oxford University Press 2013), Activism, Inc. (Stanford University Press 2006), National Governance and the Global Climate Change Regime (Rowman and Littlefield Press 2004), and the Routledge International Handbook of Social and Environmental Change (with Stewart Lockie and David Sonnenfeld, Routledge 2013). In addition, she has published peer-reviewed articles in journals including the Annual Review of Sociology, Social Forces, Mobilization, and Environmental Politics. Fisher's work has been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, and various programs on National Public Radio. 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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  • PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2001.
Course Name Course Title Semester Syllabus
SOCY 632 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods Spring 2015 Syllabus
SOCY 202 Introduction to Research Methods in Sociology Fall 2014 Syllabus
  • Dana R. Fisher
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Department of Sociology
Phone: (301) 405-6469
Email: drfisher@umd.edu
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