Tracy Fisher, PhD works at the intersections of Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Black Diaspora Studies, and Cultural Anthropology. She takes a critical intersectional approach to explore the ways in which people of different racial-ethnic backgrounds have actively transformed racial meanings and struggle to build transracial-ethnic gendered solidarities within a particular constellation of intersecting political-economic and socio-cultural circumstances. She comes to Fielding Graduate University with much experience in teaching, researching, organizing, and participating in a range of interdisciplinary projects and collaborations rooted in social justice.
Dr. Fisher is the author of What’s Left of Blackness: Feminisms, Transracial Solidarities, and the Politics of Belonging in Britain (Palgrave Macmillan Press, Comparative Feminist Studies Series). The book analyzes the transformations in black women’s grassroots socially engaged political work in England—from anti-imperialist groups to service providers—alongside shifts in Britain’s political economy and the deployment of blackness as a political imaginary from the late 1960s until the 2000s. She is also the co-editor of Gendered Citizenships: Transnational Perspectives on Knowledge Production, Political Activism, and Culture (Palgrave Macmillan Press, Comparative Feminist Studies Series). This book’s central epistemological intervention lies in the critical linkages made between feminist theories of intersectionality, ethnographic studies of citizenship, and feminist theories of citizenship. It features ethnographic research on cultural citizenship and women of color in the US and beyond. Her work has also appeared in peer-reviewed journals and anthologies.
Before joining Fielding Graduate University, Dr. Fisher was visiting faculty at Scripps College and Pitzer College, and she was on the faculty at UC Riverside.
Industry Expertise (3)
Areas of Expertise (10)
Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
Women of Color Feminisms
Genders and Sexualities
Feminist Theory and Methodologies
Women of Color Leadership Project (professional)
(2011-2012) National Women’s Studies Association
Regents Fellowship, Book Project: “What’s Left of Blackness?” (professional)
(2010-2011) University of California, Riverside
Faculty Group Residency Fellowship, “Afro-Asian Encounters” (professional)
(2010) Center for Ideas and Society, University of California, Riverside
Future of Minority Studies-Mellon Fellowship/Summer Institute, Intersecting Identities and Social Justice: Realist Explorations (professional)
(2007) Cornell University
Alternate/Runner-Up Postdoctoral Fellowship (professional)
(2007) Ford Foundation
The Graduate Center, City University of New York: PhD, Anthropology
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA: MA, African American Studies
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA: BA, Political Science and African American Studies
- Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora : Member
- Association of Black Anthropologists : Member
Event Appearances (1)
Tracy Fisher Interviewed by Dana-Ain Davis, PhD
(2014) Feminist Ethnographies and Ethnographic Research Class Queens College, CUNY
Research Grants (4)
Regents Faculty Fellowship/Faculty Development Grant
(2006-2007) University of California Riverside
Ford Foundation/Cloning Fellowship
(2002-2005) Ford Foundation/University of California, Riverside- Center for Ideas and Society
Co-PI "Adjusting Women, Cloning Poverty? Globalization, Neoliberalism, and Grassroots Resistance"
Mellon Foundation Workshop Grant
(2003-2004) University of California, Riverside
"Empire, Gender, Violence"
Inter-University Working Group Grant
(2002-2003) Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY
Co-PI: Tracy Fisher, Kia Lilly Caldwell, Kathleen Coll, Renya Ramirez, Lok Siu "Gender and Cultural Citizenship"
Using Oral/Life History to Address Feminist Ethnographic Questions (Interview of Tracy Fisher)(2016) Feminist Ethnography: Thinking Through Methodologies, Challenges, and Possibilities
Eds. Dana-Ain Davis, Christa Craven, Pp. 88 Rowman & Littlefield: Lanham, MD.
What's Left of Blackness / Feminisms, Transracial Solidarities, and the Politics of Belonging in Britain(2012) BOOK: Comparative Feminist Studies Series, Palgrave Macmillan; 2012
This book analyzes the political transformations in black women's socially engaged community-based political work in England in the late twentieth century. It situates these shifts alongside Britain's political economy and against the discourse and deployment of blackness as a political imaginary in which to engage in struggles for social justice.
Gendered Citizenships: Transnational Perspectives on Knowledge Production, Political Activism, and Culture (Comparative Feminist Studies)(2010) BOOK: Comparative Feminist Studies Series, Palgrave Macmillan; 2009 edition
Eds. K. Caldwell; R. Ramirez; K. Coll; T. Fisher; L. Siu Drawing on ethnographic research with underrepresented communities in the Caribbean, Europe, South America, and the United States, this wide-ranging anthology examines the gendered dimensions of citizenship experiences and uses them as a point of departure for rethinking contemporary practices of social inclusion and national belonging.
The Punitive Turn in Social Policies: Critical Race Feminist Reflections on the U.S., Great Britain and Beyond(2009) Critical Sociology: Special Issue, “Punishing the Poor Symposium”
Fisher, T., Reese, E.
Vol. 37(1): pp. 1-14. Invited.
Collectivity and Comparativity: A Feminist Approach to Citizenship(2009) Gendered Citizenships: Transnational Perspectives on Knowledge Production, Political Activism, and Culture (Introduction)
Fisher, T., Caldwell, K.L., Coll, K., Ramirez, R.K., Siu, L.
Eds. Kia Lilly Caldwell, Kathleen Coll, Tracy Fisher, Renya K. Ramirez and Lok Siu, , Pp. 1-15. Comparative Feminist Studies Series Palgrave Macmillan Press: New York, NY
Sex in the Nation: White Women, ‘Brown Babies’ and the Politics of Belonging(2009) Gendered Citizenships: Transnational Perspectives on Knowledge Production, Political Activism, and Culture (Chapter Nine)
Eds. Kia Lilly Caldwell, Kathleen Coll, Tracy Fisher, Renya K. Ramirez and Lok Siu, Pp. 218-237. Comparative Feminist Studies Series Palgrave Macmillan Press: New York, NY
Service Provisioning as Political Activity: Struggles for Citizenship in Britain’s Declining Welfare State(2007) Wages of Empire, Neoliberal Policies, Repression, and Women’s Poverty
Eds. Amalia Cabezas, Ellen Reese, Marguerite Waller Pp. 98-110, Paradigm Publishers: Boulder: CO
Race, Neoliberalism and “Welfare Reform” in Britain(2006) Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict, and World Order: Special Issue, Privatization and Resistance – Contesting Neoliberal Globalization
Vol. 33(3), pp. 54-65
Black Women, Politics, Nationalism, and Community in London(2002) Small Axe: A Journal of Caribbean Criticism: Special Issue, The Frame of the Nation
Vol. 11(6.1), pp. 133-150
Recapturing Erased Histories: Ethnicity, Design, and Cultural Representation--A Case Study of Independence National Historical Park(2002) Journal of Architectural and Planning Research: Special Issue, Studying and Understanding Ethnic Landscapes
Fisher, T., Low, S.M., Taplin, D., Scheld, S.
Vol.19(4), pp. 282-299