Faculty couple studies America, each through distinct lens

L.A. Cicero Fisher Fishkin

Professors Jim Fishkin and Shelley Fisher Fishkin

Scholars Jim Fishkin and Shelley Fisher Fishkin may belong to different academic fields, but both are deeply interested in the social forces that have shaped America's past, present and future. Fishkin, the Janet M. Peck Chair in International Communication, is the inventor of Deliberative Polling, commonly described as "polling with a human face." He argues that the mechanism, which he has trademarked, gives a more accurate picture of what the public would think if it were more engaged and informed. Fisher Fishkin, a leading expert on Mark Twain and currently director of the American Studies Program, has published widely on issues of race, identity and gender in American culture.