Ph.D., Educational and Medical Anthropology, Stanford University, 1981

A.M., Education, Stanford University, 1979

A.M., Anthropology, Stanford University, 1977

B.A., Summa cum Laude in Anthropology, University of Connecticut, 1976                             

B.A., Summa cum Laude in History, University of Connecticut, 1976


HOME PAGE      http://www.drdavidfetterman.com


HONORS (selected)                   


Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, 2017, 2018

American Educational Research Association Research on Evaluation Distinguished Scholar Award, 2013

George and Louise Spindler Award, American Anthropological Association and the Council on Anthropology and Education, 1990 (educational anthropology)

Distinguished Alumnus, University of Connecticut, 2016

Fellow, American Anthropological Association, 1993.

Fellow, Society for Applied Anthropology, 1989.

Lazarsfield Award for Contributions to Evaluation Theory, American Evaluation Association, 2000

Mensa Education and Research Foundation Award for Excellence, 1990.

Myrdal Award for Cumulative Contributions to Evaluation Practice, American Evaluation Association, 1995

Outstanding Higher Education Professional, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut, 2008

Top Anthropologist of the Year 2019

Who’s Who in America, 1990, 1995-1996, 1999, 2008-2012 

Who's Who in American Education, 1989-90, 1995-96, 2003

Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2016

Who’s Who in the World, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016



POSITIONS (abbrev)         


President & CEO, Fetterman & Associates, international evaluation consulting firm

Director of Evaluation, Division of Evaluation, Office of Medical Education, School of Medicine, Stanford University

Director of Evaluation, Career Development, & Alumni Relations, Stanford University

Director, MA Policy Analysis and Evaluation Program, Stanford University; Consulting Professor of Education, Stanford University

Professor and Research Director, California Institute of Integral Studies (concurrent)

Principal Research Scientist, American Institutes for Research

Senior Administrator, Internal Audit (Report to the Board of Trustees), Stanford University

Senior Associate and Project Director, RMC Research Corporation

Principal Researcher, Self-Medicating Study, Pharmacy, University of Connecticut

Director, Anti-Poverty Agency, State of Connecticut



PROJECTS (abbrev)                                              


Consultant and Evaluator, Google, Inc.

Principal Investigator and Empowerment Evaluator, Recovery Café (Seattle), Altarum Institute/SAMHSA

Evaluation Consultant, West Valley Community College, Title III Strengthening Institutions

Evaluation and Impact Consultant, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Principal Investigator and Empowerment Evaluator, Tobacco Prevention, Minority Initiative Sub-Recipient Grant Office, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

Principal Investigator and Empowerment Evaluator, Tsholofelo Community (squatter settlement), South Africa

Evaluation Consultant, Ministry of Health and Jimma University, Ethiopia                                                                                                       

Evaluation Consultant, Los Angeles County, Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention, Prevention Initiative and HST, Casey Family Programs

Consultant, National Institute of Multimedia Education, Tokyo, Japan

Principal Investigator, Empowerment Evaluator, and Ethnographer, Hewlett-Packard Philanthropy and Education, $15 Million Digital Villages

Consultant, National Institute for Educational Policy Research of Japan at the Ministry of Education, Tokyo, Japan.

Evaluator, Arkansas Department of Education, Little Rock, Arkansas

Evaluator, One East Palo Alto.  City Revitalization Project.  Hewlett Foundation. Menlo Park, CA.       



ASSOCIATION (selected)


President, American Evaluation Association

President, Council on Anthropology and Education, American Anthropological Association

Co-chair, Collaborative, Participatory, and Empowerment Evaluation (American Evaluation Association)

Fellow, American Anthropological Association and Society for Applied Anthropology





Empowerment Evaluation (http://eevaluation.blogspot.com)

Stanford Social Innovations Review, Corporate Philanthropy Tackles Digital Divide (http://www.ssireview.org/blog/entry/corporate_philanthropy_tackles_the_digital_divide)

Tobacco Prevention (http://tobaccoprevention.blogspot.com)


WORKSHOPS (selected)


Domestic:  American Evaluation Association, American Educational Research Association, American Psychological Association, Canadian Evaluation Society, Hewlett Packard, Packard Foundation, Stanford University School of Education and Medicine

International – Australia, Brazil, Ethiopia, Finland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Nepal, Spain, United Kingdom - Ministries of Education and Health, and UNICEF


BOOKS (selected)             


Fetterman, D.M. (2020).  Ethnography: Step by Step (4th edition).  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Fetterman, D.M., Rodriguez-Campos, L., and Zukoski, A. (2018).  Collaborative, Participatory, and Empowerment Evaluation:  Stakeholder Approaches.  New York:  Guilford Publications.

Fetterman, D.M., Kaftarian, S., and Wandersman, A. (2015).  Empowerment Evaluation:  Knowledge and Tools for Self-assessment, Evaluation Capacity Building, and Accountability.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Fetterman, D.M. (2013).  Empowerment Evaluation in the Digital Villages:  Hewlett-Packard’s $15 Million Race Toward Social Justice.  Stanford:  Stanford University Press.  (See Stanford Social Innovations site:  http://www.ssireview.org/articles/entry/empowerment_evaluation_in_the_digital_villages_hewlett_packards_15_million)

Fetterman, D.M. (2010).  Ethnography: Step by Step (3rd edition).  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Fetterman, D.M and Wandersman, A. [Eds.] (2005). Empowerment Evaluation Principles in Practices.  New York: Guilford Publications.

Fetterman, D.M. (2001).  Foundations of Empowerment Evaluation.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Fetterman, D.M. (1998).  Ethnography:  Step by Step.  (2nd edition).  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 

Fetterman, D.M., Kaftarian, S., Wandersman, A. (Eds.) (1996).  Empowerment Evaluation:  Knowledge and Tools for Self-assessment and Accountability.  Newbury Park, CA:  Sage.

Fetterman, D.M. (Ed.) (1993).  Speaking the Language of Power:  Communication, Collaboration, and Advocacy.  London, England:  Falmer Press.

Fetterman, D.M.  (1989).  Ethnography:  Step by Step (1st edition). Newbury Park, CA: Sage  (13th printing).

Fetterman, D.M. (Ed.) (1988).  Qualitative Approaches to Evaluation in Education:  The Silent Scientific Revolution. New York:  Praeger Publications.

Fetterman, D.M.  (1988).  Excellence and Equality: A Qualitatively Different Perspective on Gifted and Talented Education, New York:  State University of New York Press.  (Chapter 7 reprinted in Mensa Research Journal.)

Fetterman, D.M. and M.A. Pitman. (Eds.) (1986).  Educational Evaluation: Ethnography in Theory, Practice, and Politics.  Newbury Park, CA:  Sage Publications.

Fetterman, D.M. (Ed.)  (1984).  Ethnography in Educational Evaluation.  Newbury Park, CA:  Sage Publications.


ARTICLES AND CHAPTERS (selected from over 100)


Fetterman, D.M. (2017). Transformative Empowerment Evaluation and Freireian Pedagogy:  Alignment with an Emancipatory Tradition. In Patton, M.Q. (ed.) Pedagogy of Evaluation:  The Contributions of Paulo Freire to Global Evaluation Thinking and Practice.  New Directions for Evaluation, Vol. 2017(155). Wiley Online Library 

Fetterman, D. M., Deitz, J., and Gesundheit, N. (2010).  Empowerment Evaluation:  A Collaborative Approach to Evaluating and Transforming a Medical School Curriculum.  Academic Medicine, 85(5):813-820.

Fetterman, D.M. (2010).  Empowerment evaluation:  An exercise in efficiency.   In Segone, M. (ed.)  From policies to results:  developing capacities for country monitoring and evaluation systems.  New York:  UNICEF, pp. 278-288.


RADIO INTERVIEWS (selected - recent at: http://www.davidfetterman.com/RadioInterviews.htm)




Fetterman, D.M. (2018).  Empowerment Evaluation.  The SAGE Encyclopedia of Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Fetterman, D.M. (2015).  Empowerment Evaluation.  International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition.

Fetterman, D.M. (2015).  Ethnography.  International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition.

Fetterman, D.M. (2008).  Ethnography.  Empowerment Evaluation.  Key Informant. Fieldwork. Emic and Etic.  In Given, L. (ed.)  The Sage Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Fetterman, D.M. (2009).  Ethnography.  In Bickman, L. (ed.) Handbook of Applied Social Research Methods.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.