Melissa Fisher is The Laurits Andersen Professorship with Special Responsibilities in Business and Organizational Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Copenhagen. She is also an Associate Researcher at the Department of Social Anthropology at Stockholm University.
Fisher’s research is situated in the interdisciplinary fields of organizational studies, urban studies, and gender and sexuality studies as well as anthropology. 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. She is the co-editor of Frontiers of Capitalism: Ethnographic Reflections on the New Economy (Duke, 2006). Recently Fisher has written on Wall Street and film; dance, cities and the economy; as well as the future of business and organizational anthropology.
Fisher is engaged in a number of ongoing ethnographic research and writing projects. The first is on entrepreneurship, alternative economies, and new forms of racial, ethnic and gendered activism, based on fieldwork in NYC and Berlin (2013-2017). She is currently exploring anticipatory governance initiatives and forecasting in institutes on future studies with the aim of understanding what kinds of knowledge and scenario building templates are involved in looking towards the future of business; fieldwork conducted in NYC and Copenhagen (2016-2018). She is also developing a project on fin-tech in NYC, Berlin and Copenhagen.
Her research has been profiled by The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, the BBC and NPR. Within the last year she has presented her work at the University of Michigan, the Graduate Institute in Geneva, Goldsmiths, University of London, the Museum of American Finance in NYC, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and the US Embassy in Berlin.