Cathleen S. Fisher

Dr. Cathleen S. Fisher is the President of the American Friends of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She has been engaged in transatlantic and German-American relations for over 25 years. She joined American Friends in 2008 as executive director. From 2002-2006, she was deputy director of the American-German Institute (AGI), The Johns Hopkins University, where she was centrally involved in management of all operations and programs in support of the Institute’s mission. Before joining AGI, Fisher served for ten years as a senior associate at the Henry L. Stimson Center, where she focused on nuclear arms control, export controls, and transatlantic security issues.

Recent Content


The “Religion” Debates: What Are We Talking About?

Issue Brief 10 Debates about the interaction of religion, faith, and politics have dominated public discourse in the United States and Europe over the past several years… Download Publication

Confronting Religious Diversity in Germany and the United States

Issue Brief 9 In September 2001, less than ten days after the terrorist attacks on Washington, DC and New York, a Public Service Announcement (PSA) began running nationwide on U.S. …

Understanding the “God Gap”: Religion, Politics, and Policy in the United States and Germany

German-American Issues 4 In foreign and domestic policy, the United States and Germany would appear to be drifting further apart. Despite their continuing economic interdependence, the rancorous transatlantic policy debates …

Networks, Knowledge, and Exchange: Building a New Generation of Transatlantic Leaders

Policy Report 17 Download Publication

Reconciling Realities: Reshaping the German-American Relationship for the Twenty-First Century

Policy Report 16 Download Publication

EU Enlargement and Transatlantic Relations: Background Analyses

Policy Report 7 Download Publication