Michael R. Fisher Jr.
Department of African American Studies
(On leave Fall 2020 and Spring 2021)
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
M.A., Vanderbilt University
M.Div., Howard University
B.S., Howard University
Michael R. Fisher Jr., Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of African American Studies in the College of Social Sciences and an affiliate scholar at the Metropolitan Policy Center at American University. He specializes in Black religion and cultural studies, race and socio-economic inequity, social ethics, and urban social policy. Dr. Fisher is concerned about the well-being of poor Black communities in U.S. cities. His current book project, tentatively titled Black Urbanism: Toward an Afrofuturist Vision of Equitable Development, critisizes urban redevelopment in the twentieth and twenty-first century, which has a legacy of disparate impact on Black urban residents, and casts a vision for equitable development in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Before his career as an educator, Dr. Fisher was a public policy advocate on Capitol Hill. His policy portfolio included immigration reform, financial reform, and federal welfare programs for those struggling in poverty. He later transitioned to local D.C. politics and community organizing when he became the inaugural Director of Advocacy at a local nonprofit organization. There he was responsible for the development of the organization’s public policy agenda and advocacy strategy for affordable housing creation and the elimination of chronic homelessness in the nation’s capital, working with other local nonprofits, community leaders, D.C. residents, and elected officials in the process.