Dana R. Fisher is a Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Program for Society and the Environment at the University of Maryland.  Her research focuses on understanding the relationship between environmentalism and democracy—most recently focusing on environmental stewardship and American climate politics.  This research employs a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods.  Her current research employs data collected from environmental activists, stewardship organizations, volunteer stewards, students in the DC school system, as well as political elites involved in climate policy-making in the United States and internationally.

Fisher is the author of National Governance and the Global Climate Change Regime (Rowman and Littlefield Press 2004), Activism, Inc. (Stanford University Press 2006), Urban Environmental Stewardship and Civic Engagement: How Planting Trees Strengthens the Roots of Democracy (Routledge Press, 2015), and the Practice of Research (with Shamus Khan, Oxford University Press 2013).  She is the editor, along with Stewart Lockie and David Sonnenfeld, of the Routledege International Handbook of Social and Environmental Change (2013).  In addition to these five books, she has also published her work in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including recent articles in Nature Climate Change, Environment & Planning C, and Landscape and Urban Planning.

Fisher's work has been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, and various programs on National Public Radio. She was the subject of a documentary short by fivethirtyeight and ESPNFilms. Her work has been presented to federal agencies, foundations, and other organizations.  Among others, she has presented her work at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Program Office, the Let’s Move Campaign at the White House, the Brookings Institution, and to program members of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.  She holds an undergraduate degree from Princeton University and Masters and PhD degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  For more information, see



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