Monika Fischer

Monika Fischer
Teaching Professor of German, Director of Certificate in Digital Global Studies
427 Strickland Hall
573-882-1915 (Main GRS Office)
Monika Fischer at Mill Valley

Monika Fischer at Mill Valley

Monika Fischer at The Gates in Central Park, NYC

At The Gates
by Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Central Park, New York City

Lake Luzern

Lake Luzern


Ph.D. University of Oregon, 1997
MSEd in Higher Education Administration, Baruch College CUNY, 2006

Research Interests: 

My main fields of research & teaching are global and transnational studies with an emphasis on human rights and narratives of citizenship. The interdisciplinary courses I teach concentrate on the basic concepts of globalization engaging current issues.  Specific case studies explore the impact of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Sub-Saharan Africa and Islam in Europe.

I have traveled widely and developed a passion for global learning and experiential education. While in Mongolia, I was intrigued by the unique interplay of Mongolian oral culture and songs. This interest has sparked my current research with indigenous oral cultures and digital storytelling, in which I examine how stories affect people and create identities and cultures. A development leave allowed me to explore the role of the storyteller at the Celal Bayar University in Manisa, Turkey. Recent faculty development seminars led me to Senegal and Jordan and a trip to Ghana with students led to work with several NGOs.

I am a faculty affiliate for Peace Studies, the Honors College, the Center for the Digital Globe (CDiG), the Council of International Initiatives (CII) and the College of A&S Study Abroad Scholarship (SAEL).

Information on the Center for Digital Global Studies can be found at the CDIG website here.

For documents related to the CDIG certificate, please see the downloads in the sidebar.

Frequently Taught Courses: 
  • Think Global: Fundamentals of Globalization and Digital Technology
  • Case Studies in an Inter/Multicultural World
  • Second Language Acquisition & Pedagogy
  • Folk and Fairytales in a Global Context (online)
  • German Novella of the 19th Century
  • Introduction to German Literature
  • Contemporary German Culture
  • Web Blogging in Cultural Context