Marlene Fisher
Associate Professor
Social Work, Sociology, and Criminal Justice
NRC 411


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”   —Margaret Mead

Fisher holds a Ph.D. from Iowa State University in Family, Life Course, and Aging and Deviance and Mental Health. She is originally from Des Moines, Iowa, and graduated from Drake University with a B.S. in Sociology. Fisher is a longtime champion for social justice and inclusion; beginning in earnest during her graduate studies and continuing to this day. She has served in leadership roles for numerous professional and community organizations, including the Wisconsin Sociological Association. She is also a past board president for the local YWCA. Fisher's service at Viterbo University has included many roles; among which has been chair of the Women's Studies Committee, chair of the Diversity Seminar Committee, faculty advisor for the Criminal Justice and Sociology Club and the VU College Democrats.