Tim FishGraduate Student


Tim Fish is a doctoral student in the Civil Society and Community Research program and an enrolled citizen of the great Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma. Originally from northeastern Oklahoma, Tim moved to Madison, Wisconsin in 2004. Tim is a 2010 graduate of the Community and Nonprofit Leadership program in the School of Human Ecology and was inducted into the UW Nu Chapter of Phi Upsilon Omicron Honor Society. Outside of being a full-time student, Tim wears many hats such as being a father, husband, friend, ally and change agent.

Education and Relevant Experience

Fish holds an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and a certificate in Ethnic Studies from Madison College (2008). Tim was also selected to serve as his graduating class commencement speaker. Tim also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Community and Nonprofit Leadership with a certificate in American Indian Studies (2010). Tim also holds a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree with a concentration in mental health from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2013) with a professional certificate in substance abuse and held his state licensure as an Advanced Practice Social Worker (APSW). Tim’s research interest is looking at how social networking sites influence the political and civic identities of American Indian people in Wisconsin.

Awards and Recognition

2015 SoHE21 Early Career Award

2017 Wisconsin Indian Education Association Outstanding American Indian Graduate Student of the Year


  • Civil Society & Community Studies

Degree Program

  • PhD Human Ecology: Civil Society & Community Research