Dana R. Fisher is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Director of the Center for Society and the Environment at the University of Maryland. Her work focuses on understanding the ways that social actors engage in decision-making processes and the successes and failures of such efforts. Much of her research has looked at environmental policy, civic participation and activism more broadly. Recently, her work has explored the relationship between forms of mobilization and retention in social movements, as well as the relationship between activism and electoral politics. She is the author of Activism, Inc. (Stanford University Press 2006) and National Governance and the Global Climate Change Regime (Rowman and Littlefield Press 2004). Fisher is currently researching the climate policy network in the United States as part of the US National Science Foundation-funded Comparing Climate Change Policy Networks (COMPON) project. She is also the Lead Investigator of “Understanding the Dynamic Connections Among Stewardship, Land Cover, and Ecosystem Services in New York City’s Urban Forest,” which is funded by the US National Science Foundation and focuses on civic participation and environmental stewardship.