Dr. Dara Fisher is a graduate of the Ed.D. program of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she studied cross-border higher education. Dara is interested in student and faculty experiences at international universities developed in collaboration with American higher education institutions, as well as the mechanisms by which U.S. universities transfer their cultures overseas.
Before enrolling at Harvard, Dara completed her masters of science in Technology and Policy with a concentration in Engineering Education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she served as a graduate research assistant to the MIT Collaboration with the new Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). In this role, Dara facilitated student life efforts for the first two classes of SUTD students, coordinating and teaching joint exchange programs between MIT and SUTD for two years. For her thesis research, Dara studied the impact of co-curricular and extracurricular involvement on engineering undergraduates, creating a framework of skills developed through these activities. In addition to her participation in higher education professional activities, Dara has worked in several policy roles, including at the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) in Paris and the National Research Council and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in Washington, DC.
Dara’s undergraduate degree is from the University of Michigan, where she studied Earth Systems Science Engineering with a focus on science and space policy issues. During her time at Michigan, Dara served as student body president of the Michigan College of Engineering.