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Jim Fisher

Jim Fisher

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Sociology and Anthropology

Jim Fisher received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, and has done fieldwork off and on in Nepal over the last 50 years: on economics and ecology among Magars; on education and tourism among Sherpas near Mount Everest (each a two week walk from the nearest road); a person-centered ethnography of a Brahmin human rights activist; and, most recently, a study of globalization and the Peace Corps in Nepal (going back to 1962 when he was a member of the first Peace Corps group to Nepal). In addition to introductory courses, Jim taught on South Asia, anthropological theory, and biography and ethnography.  As a Fulbright Professor, he spent two years helping start a new Sociology and Anthropology Department at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu.

Upon retirement in 2009 after 38 years at Carleton, Jim spent a year in Bhutan helping start the first private college there, serving as Chair of Sociology and Anthropology.  At present he is working on a book describing the Magar village 42 years after he left it.

Asian Studies

Princeton, B.A.; University of Chicago, M.A., Ph.D.; South and Central Asian social anthropology, Sherpas and social change, life histories, Nepali pronouns of power and solidarity. Editor, Himalayan Anthropology: the Indo-Tibetan Interface (1978); author, Trans-Himalayan Traders (1986), Sherpas (1990), Living Martyrs (1997).

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