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Colleague Remembers Ostrom As Best In The Field

Burney Fischer is the incoming co-director of Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory.

Upon learning of the death of friend and colleague Elinor Ostrom, Burney Fischer, remembers Ostrom for her work bringing researchers together.

“She crossed so many lines,” he says. “People talk about collaborative research, the National Science Foundation tries to encourage it. She’s been doing it for 30 years. So in many years, she’s so far ahead of everybody else in terms of thinking that way. It’s just part of the way the workshop does things.

Fischer says Ostrom’s work in her political workshop laid the groundwork for future research.

“She’s embedded in the workshop this idea that there’s always more things to do than we’ve got time to do and there’s so many good people around the world that want to work with us that we will continue on…in which ways we don’t know yet,” he says.

He says Ostrom’s tenure at IU sets a standard for other researchers.

“I think she’s probably, to my mind, the most important faculty member Indiana University has ever had,” he says. “In so many ways, she sets a great standard for the future of Indiana University.”

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