Michael Fisch

Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology and the College

Michael Fisch is a sociocultural anthropologist with interests that range from urban anthropology to media and communication studies to science and technology. He primarily studies modernity in Japan from the perspective of the evolution of mass mediated society, circa 1900, and contemporary new media. He is currently writing a book, “Between the Lines: An Anthropology of Love, Labor and Death in Japan’s Commuter Train Network,” in which he examines the commuter train network in Tokyo as a diagrammatic matrix of human machine interaction and as an intersection between old and new media and competing precepts of labor.

In the spring of 2010, Fisch was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University. He has also been an adjunct professor for the Department of East Asian Studies at New York University.

Fisch received his PhD in sociocultural anthropology from Columbia University in 2008. He received his MA from Cornell University in 1997 and his BA from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, in 1996. He was a visiting researcher for the Ministry of Education at Hitotsubashi University in Japan from 1998 to 2001.

Fisch joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2010.

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