Prof. Fischer’s book, The Good Life: Aspiration, Dignity, and the Anthropology of Wellbeing (Stanford University Press, 2014), analyzes notions of wellbeing in different cultural contexts. It examines how middle-class consumers in Germany and farmers in Guatemala use the market in pursuit of the “good life” and define wellbeing beyond material standards of living. Ted Fischer is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University.
The Latin American and Latinx Studies Program, firmly grounded in the liberal arts tradition, combines academic disciplines and includes a strong language component. The curriculum brings together courses from eight departments: Anthropology/Sociology, Biology, Economics, History, International Studies, Modern Languages (Spanish), Music, and Theatre.