Edward (Ted) Fischer is the Director of Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University.
Fischer studies cultural anthropology, specializing in matters of economics and moralities. Most of his fieldwork has been in Guatemala (with the Maya) but he has also worked in and written on Germany and the United States. His books include “Cultural Logics and Global Economies,” “Maya Cultural Activism,” and “Broccoli and Desire.” With Peter Benson he is now working on a project titled “Markets and Moralities.” He also has a video series out from The Teaching Co. titled “Peoples and Cultures of the World.”
He received his PhD, in anthropology at Tulane University and his undergraduate degree from University of Alabama at Birmingham after studying at Birmingham-Southern College.
The Vanderbilt anthropologist claims that the Internet and sites like Second Life have taken the romance out of love.
As the anthropologist explains, women are hardwired to crave a steady, monogamous relationship, whereas it makes much more evolutionary sense for men to always have a few extra options on the side. A feature that...
The Vanderbilt anthropologist describes what we look for in a mate.
The Vanderbilt anthropologist describes how ultimately chemistry might fade. But when that happens, compromises can keep a relationship going.
In New Guinea and the Amazon, it is common and culturally acceptable for men to have sex with men.
How lovers show affection differs from one culture to another. And even the notion of romantic love itself is not confined to a man and a woman.
The Vanderbilt anthropologist describes the evolutionary reasons for falling in love and how modernity has urged it along.
A conversation with the anthropology professor at Vanderbilt University.