Tim FishGraduate Student

I am a doctoral student in the Civil Society & Community Research program and an enrolled citizen of the great Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma. Originally from northeastern Oklahoma, I moved to Madison, Wisconsin, in 2004. I am a 2010 graduate of the Community & 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, I wear many hats, such as being a father, husband, friend, ally, and change agent.

I hold an Associate of Arts degree in liberal arts and a certificate in ethnic studies from Madison College (2008). I was also selected to serve as my graduating class commencement speaker. I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Community & Nonprofit Leadership with a certificate in American Indian studies (2010). I also hold 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 my state licensure as an Advanced Practice Social Worker (APSW). My research interest is looking at how social networking sites influence the political and civic identities of American Indian people in Wisconsin.

Awards and Recognition

  • SoHE21 Early Career Award, 2015
  • Wisconsin Indian Education Association Outstanding American Indian Graduate Student of the Year, 2017


  • Civil Society & Community Studies

Degree Program

  • PhD Human Ecology: Civil Society & Community Research