Iowa State University Alumni Association

Sarah F. Fischer 2016

Political Science & English ’02
Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. is a transient city, making the presence of a strong and welcoming local alumni club a vital resource for area Iowa Staters. Thanks to the volunteer efforts of Sarah Fischer, who worked to revive a languishing ISUAA Club of Washington, D.C. in 2012, the organization is today a thriving group that has engaged countless individuals not only in the life, work, and aspiration of Iowa State University, but with one another – and with the joys and opportunities associated with living and working in our nation’s capital.

Fischer, who went on to earn both a M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from American University after graduating from ISU, is now a faculty member at Marymount University. She researches secularization, gender, and democratization in the Middle East – with a special emphasis on Turkey, where she lives part of each year. She has received grants from the Project on Middle East Political Science, the Boren Program, and the American Research Institute of Turkey.

The 2002 ISU political science department’s outstanding senior honoree and a 2011 recipient of the Iowa STATEment Makers recognition for young alumni, Fischer has remained engaged with Iowa State in many ways – most notably by planning events for the ISUAA Club of D.C., including gamewatches, “cherry pie picnics,” a White House Christmas tour, Cy’s Days of Service volunteer events, and even visits to the offices of Iowa senators Tom Harkin and Charles Grassley.

In addition to her work with the alumni club, Fischer is an active volunteer with Friends of the National Zoo, the Cherry Blossom 10-Mile Run, and a youth mentoring program.

Fischer and her husband, Tim Kearns (’03 political science), are annual members of the ISU Alumni Association.

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