Monika Fischer
Teaching Professor of German; Director of Digital Global Studies Certificate; Affiliate of the Center for the Digital Globe
212D Arts & Science Building
573-882-1915 (Main GRS Office)

Ph.D. University of Oregon, 1997

MSEd in Higher Education Administration, Baruch College CUNY, 2006


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, Geopolitics in the Middle East 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 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 and Costa Rica 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).

I direct the undergraduate certificate in Digital Global Studies which is affiliated with the Center for Digital Global Studies - see CDIG website.

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

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