Dana R. Fisher is a Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Program for Society and the Environment at the University of Maryland, the President of the Eastern Sociological Society, and a Non Resident Senior Fellow in the Governance Program at the Brookings Institution. On July 1, she will move to American University where she will direct the Center for Environment, Community, and Equity and serve as a Professor in the School of International Service.

Professor Fisher’s research focuses on questions related to democracy, civic engagement, activism, and climate politics. Current projects include studying political elites’ responses to climate change, the ways federal service corps programs in the US are integrating climate into their work, and on-ramps to activism and engagement around climate and systemic racism. 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.

Professor Fisher has authored over seventy-five peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and has written six books. Her seventh book, Saving Ourselves: From Climate Shocks to Climate Action, is currently under contract with Columbia University Press. For information on her most recent book, American Resistance (Columbia University Press 2019) including links to reviews, appearances, and media coverage, go to the American Resistance Book Site.  Fisher also serves on the editorial boards of the journals Climate Policy, Climate Action, and Mobilization, and as a Series Editor for the Series on Society and the Environment at Columbia University Press along with Evan Schofer.

Professor Fisher has appeared on ABC, CNN, MSNBC, and PBS Newshour to discuss her work (see media for links). Her words have appeared in the popular media, including in the Washington PostThe NationSlateTIME Magazine PoliticoBusiness Insider and the American Prospect. In winter 2021, she was called “One of America’s Most Prescient Political Thinkers” in a piece on the Changing Politics of Climate Change for PBS. Her research has been featured in media outlets such as the Washington PostThe New York TimesScience Magazine, various programs on National Public Radio, the BBC, the CBC, and on numerous podcasts. A list of selected media coverage with links is available under media .

Professor Fisher has presented her work to the US National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, federal agencies, foundations, presidential campaigns, and other political organizations. She served as a Contributing Author for Working Group 3 of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Sixth Assessment Review (IPCC AR6) writing about citizen engagement and civic activism.  

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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