Have You Met Rutgers-Newark?

Scholarship That Spans Oceans

Dr. Frank Fischer shared his scholarship and insights with students on two continents.  Before retiring in fall 2015, he taught U.S. politics, foreign policy, and environmental politics and policy at Rutgers University, Newark, as well as public policy and planning at the E. J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy on Rutgers’ New Brunswick campus.  But he is also a senior faculty fellow at the University of Kassel in Germany, teaching global public policy, U.S. foreign policy, and comparative and global environmental politics in the M.A. program on Globalisierung und Politik (Globalization and Politics)..

Professor Emeritus Fischer’s research specialties are environmental policy and public policy; American politics, including U.S. foreign policy; public policy analysis; politics of climate change; scientific expertise and democratic governance; and U.S. foreign policy.

Among his many awards are the Aaron Wildavsky Award -- given to a book that influences the study of public policy -- for Confronting Values in Policy Analysis: The Politics of Criteria, co-authored with John Forrester.  Fischer also received the Policy Studies Organization's Harold Lasswell award for scholarship in the field of public policy.

Fischer has published numerous scholarly articles and books, including one with Herbert Gottweis, The Argumentative Turn Revisited: Public Policy as Communicative Practice (Duke University, 2012). Fischer and Gottweis won a Charles Taylor Book Award at the American Political Science for their book.

Fischer currently is writing a book on the impact of climate change on democratic governance.   He is also co-editor of the journal Critical Policy Studies, published by  Routledge ( http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/journal.asp?issn=1946-0171&linktype=145).

In addition, Fischer is co-organizer of the APSA Conference Group on Critical Policy Studies, a member of the Advisory Committee of the European Consortium of Political Research’s Standing Committee on Theoretical Perspectives in Policy Analysis, and a member of the Advisor Council of the Interpretive Policy Analysis Conference Group.  

Fischer was a visiting guest professor in the Law School of the University of Nagoya in Japan. While in Asia he also delivered the keynote address at the Annual Congress of the Asian Political and International Sutdies Association.

Fischer received his PhD from New York University and his B.A. from Indiana University.