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David C. Fisher


Dr. David C. Fisher
Associate Professor



David C. Fisher joined the UTB faculty in 2006 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2011. He earned a Ph.D. in history from Indiana University in 2003, where he wrote a dissertation on Russian cultural identity and the West titled “Exhibiting Russia at the World’s Fairs, 1851-1900.” Dr. Fisher also holds an M.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of North Carolina and a B.A. in Russian language from Tulane University. He has taught foreign language, area studies, and history at community colleges and universities in Los Angeles, Kansas, and Texas. From 1992 to 1995 Dr. Fisher served in St. Petersburg, Russia, as the director of the Educational Information Center for Study in the United States.

Dr. Fisher's teaching interests at the undergraduate and graduate levels are centered in world history. His teaching on social studies education in Texas has produced two publications: "What's Wrong (and Right) with World History in Texas," World History Bulletin 26, no. 2 (Fall 2010): 29-33 (PDF); and "A Missed Opportunity for World History in Texas," forthcoming in 2012 from Palgrave Macmillan as part of an edited volume on state history standards in Texas and the nation.

Dr. Fisher’s research interests focus on the formation of cultural identity in Russia, especially in the late-imperial period. His most recent publications include "The Rise of the Radical Intelligentsia, 1862-1881" (PDF) in Events that Changed Russia since 1855 (Greenwood, 2007) and "Russia and the Crystal Palace in 1851” (PDF) in Great Britain, the Empire and the World at the Great Exhibition, 1851 (Ashgate, 2008). He is currently researching the contrast between how Russian society and culture have been perceived in the world and how Russians themselves define their cultural and social identity.

Dr. Fisher is the graduate program coordinator for the History Department where he teaches undergraduate courses in European, World, and United States history and graduate courses in historiography and research methods.


Ph.D. and M.A. in History, Indiana University, Bloomington
M.A. in Slavics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
B.A. Tulane University

CV/VITAE: Fisher Vitae

Classes Taught:

World History to 1650
World History since 1650
Special Topics in European / World History
Senior Seminar in World History
History of the Ancient World
History of the Middle Ages
History of Early Modern Europe
History of Russia
Graduate Historiography and Methods
Graduate Research Seminar

Joined UTB:


Area of Specialty and Responsibility:

Russian History
World History
Graduate Program Coordinator

Previous Experience:

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