Professor Edward Fischer, Ph.D.

Professor Edward Fischer
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Tulane University
We have so much to learn from different cultures and different ways of doing things, and I really enjoyed making those connections in these lectures.

Dr. Edward Fischer is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Latin American and Iberian Studies at Vanderbilt University. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and his master's and doctoral degrees in anthropology from Tulane University. Professor Fischer has received grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Alexander von Humbolt 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 and the Ellen Gregg Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching. Much of his research focuses on the modern Maya peoples of highland Guatemala and the ways they have revitalized their culture as they have become integrated into the global economy. He has also conducted fieldwork in Germany, and his recent work looks at the ways moral values affect economic rationalities. 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, which was named Outstanding Academic Title for 2002 by Choice magazine, and Broccoli and Desire: Global Connections and Maya Struggles in Postwar Guatemala.

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"Professor Fischer, in a warm and frank manner, unpacks cultural anthropology, dispelling many cultural prejudices with fascinating case studies of very different non-western world peoples."

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  1. Peoples and Cultures of the World

    Peoples and Cultures of the World

    Edward Fischer
    4 out of 5
    53% of reviewers would recommend this product
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    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    As the “science of humanity,” anthropology can help us understand virtually everything about ourselves, from our political and economic systems, to why we get married, to how we decide to buy a particular bottle of wine. In this 24-lecture series, Professor Edward Fischer of Vanderbilt University provides an extraordinary glimpse into the world’s varied human societies—including our own.
  2. (Set) Peoples and Cultures of the World/Biological Anthropology  Set

    (Set) Peoples and Cultures of the World/Biological Anthropology

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  3. (Set) Peoples and Cultures of the World & Story of Human Language  Set

    (Set) Peoples and Cultures of the World & Story of Human Language

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
  4. (Set) Human Prehistory and the First Civilizations & Peoples and Cultures of the World  Set

    (Set) Human Prehistory and the First Civilizations & Peoples and Cultures of the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Survey the captivating range of cultures and civilizations from around the world and throughout history with this intriguing two-course set. Human Prehistory and the First Civilizations follows the unfolding story of human origins, the emergence of modern humans in Africa, the origins of agriculture and complex civilizations, and more. Peoples and Cultures of the World uses the lens of cultural anthropology to help...
  5. (Set) Peoples and Cultures of the World & Great World Religions  Set

    (Set) Peoples and Cultures of the World & Great World Religions

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $579.70 Starting at $579.70 $1,254.70 $579.70$1,254.70
    Discover a wealth of fascinating information about human societies and their belief systems. Peoples and Cultures of the World shows you how cultural anthropology helps us understand the world's diverse societies. Then, explore the intricate belief systems of some of these societies in Great World Religions, 2nd Edition, which takes you inside the heart of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism.