Herbert Fischer

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Adjunct Lecturer
Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice

EMAIL: hfischer@bmcc.cuny.edu


Office Hours: Fridays, 10 am-11 am



Herbert Fischer, a professor of history and political science at BMCC, was a finalist during the Spring 2019 semester for a Distinguished Teaching Award at BMCC, an honor selected for excellent, dynamic teaching in the college classroom. When teaching, Fischer likes to employ a humorous, engaging teaching style that employs humor and rigorous pedagogy.

In addition to his role as a professor, Fischer served as an award-winning social studies teacher at Evander Childs High School in the Bronx during the 1990s, then at Teaneck High School in the early 2000s, and finally at Manhattan’s Wadleigh High School in Manhattan for 14 years until 2016. At all three schools, Fischer developed first-ever law programs while there, developing law-related curriculum and inviting world-famous, FBI, DEA agents, and attorneys to address class. He also arranged his students to serve on the set of Peoples’ Court and to render decisions as jurors in mock criminal trials performed by college law students.

When not teaching, Fischer is a licensed NYC tour guide, delivering two-hour walking tours to arcane neighborhoods on the lower east side of Manhattan and arcane neighborhoods in the outer boroughs. He uses the experiences of these tours to deliver interactive lectures at libraries on the history of NYC and the history of NYC baseball.

Before becoming a teacher and professor, Fischer began his career as an investigative reporter on the Elizabeth Daily Journal in the 1980s, then as an editor on a series of Bergen County, NJ weeklies. As an editor there, he developed his own baseball column called “Mr. Baseball,” where he would lend personal insight about the Mets and Yankees.


History, Political Science, Economics.

MA in History from New York University (1992)

MA in Social Studies Education from New York University (1992)

BA in Journalism and Political Science from Lehigh University (1984)


MA and BA

Courses Taught

Research and Projects

  • Professional journalist and editor
  • High school program coordinator
  • Licensed NYC tour guide.


  • How Much of a Role Should Technology Play In the Classroom?  By Herbert Fischer
  • A Compendium of Poems on Current Events

Honors, Awards and Affiliations

  • Distinguished Teaching Finalist

Additional Information