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Edward Fischer: Cash on the Table: Anthropology Meets Economics

May. 17, 2011, 3:23 PM

Watch video of Edward Fischer, professor of anthropology and director of the Center for Latin American Studies, speaking at the Commencement 2011 Faculty Seminars.

Professor Fischer has an impressive list of scholarly articles and has written or edited seven books, including Cultural Logics and Global Economies: Maya Identity in Thought and Practice and Broccoli and Desire: Global Connections and Maya Struggles in Postwar Guatemala.

Much of his research focuses on the modern Maya peoples of highland Guatemala and the ways that they have revitalized their culture as they have become integrated into the global economy. He has also conducted fieldwork in Germany. His current work looks at the ways moral values affect economic rationalities.

Fischer has an acclaimed video series on “Peoples and Cultures of the World” produced by the Teaching Company, and he has been featured on and in articles in the New York Times, Time, Newsweek, Psychology Today, and other popular media. He also consults for private companies and government agencies on culture and strategy.

Professor Fischer has received grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Inter-American Foundation, and the Wener-Grenn Foundation, among others. He is the recipient of the Jeffrey Nordhaus Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Ellen Gregg Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching, and was the 2009 Outstanding Alumnus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


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