Professor, Anthropology and Director, Center for Latin American Studies, Vanderbilt University

Dr. Fischer is a cultural anthropologist who studies wellbeing, economic behavioral, and global markets. He is also an expert in coffee studies and in malnutrition. He has conducted extensive fieldwork in Guatemala, Germany, and Mozambique, as well as in the United States. He is the author of several books, including Cash on the Table: Markets, Values, and Moral Economies, and The Good Life: Aspiration, Dignity, and the Anthropology of Wellbeing.

His current research looks at (1) the determinants of wellbeing around the world, (2) the specialty coffee market (including Third Wave coffee) and Maya farmers in Guatemala, and (3) ways the treat and prevent chronic malnutrition.

He is the founder of Mani+, an award winning social enterprise that develops and manufactures nutritional supplements for children in Central America.

Experience

  • –present
    Professor, Anthropology and Director, Center for Latin American Studies , Vanderbilt University

Education

  • 1996 
    Tulane University, PhD

Publications

  • 2014
    The Good Life: Aspiration, Dignity, and the Anthropology of Wellbeing,
  • 2014
    Cash on the Table: Markets, Values, and Moral Economies,
  • 2006
    Broccoli and Desire: Maya Farmers and Global Struggles in Postwar Guatemala,