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Ph.D. Tulane University

Ted Fischer

Director, Center for Latin American Studies

Edward (Ted) Fischer is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Latin American Studies and the Institute for Coffee Studies at Vanderbilt University. He is also the founder of Maní+, a social enterprise in Guatemala that develops and produces locally sourced complementary foods to fight malnutrition. Fischer serves as an advisor to the World Health Organization on Wellbeing and the Cultural Contexts of Health. His recent work focuses on wellbeing across cultures. He has conducted long-term fieldwork in Guatemala and Germany. He has authored and edited a number of books, including Cultural Logics and Global Economies (2001), Broccoli and Desire (2006), and most recently, The Good Life: Aspiration, Dignity, and the Anthropology of Wellbeing (2014). See more at