Kate Fischer, Ph.D.
Instructor at University of Colorado - Boulder
Dr. Kate Fischer considers herself a coffeeologist, though her Ph.D. is in Anthropology and she is currently Faculty in the Honors Program at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Her research focuses on the political economy of coffee, from producers in Central America to industry centers in the global North. Kate has been in coffee since 2005 and has conducted research with coffee producers in Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, and Colombia. She holds a Coffee Quality Institute Processing Level 2 certificate and currently works with smallholders in western Honduras to improve coffee quality in ways that are sustainable and attainable. Most recently she has been a core member of the team developing Sustainability courses for SCA, and has given workshops on economic, social, and environmental sustainability and anthropological approaches to coffee at conferences in the United States and Europe. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Colorado-Boulder and a B.A. in Latin American Studies from Carleton College.