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Edward (Ted) Fischer

Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Anthropology
Professor of Management (Owen School)
Professor of Health Policy; Professor of Radiology (School of Medicine)


political economy, values, health

Dr. Fischer is not currently accepting graduate students.

Edward (Ted) Fischer is a Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Anthropology. He also directs a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation project in collaboration with WHO-Europe on the Cultural Contexts of Health and Wellbeing.  In 2009, Fischer founded Maní+, an award-winning social enterprise in Guatemala that develops and produces locally sourced foods to fight malnutrition, and he currently serves on the board of the Maya Education Foundation. His research focusses on issues of political economy, values, wellbeing, and development. He has authored or edited a number of books, including most recently The Good Life: Aspiration, Dignity, and the Anthropology of Wellbeing (2014). Fischer is currently completing a book that examines the ways cultural and economic values are intertwined in the high-end coffee market.