Social psychologist Marjorie Fiske was born in Attleboro, Massachusetts on June 25, 1914.
She received her B.A. from Mt. Holyoke College in 1935 and M.A. from Columbia University
in 1938. The first six years of her career following graduate school were spent in New
York City. From 1949-1953 she was deputy director of the evaluation staff of the State
Department's International Broadcasting Service (Voice of America). In 1953-1954 she
served as the executive director of the Ford Foundation's national planning committee on
research in television. From 1953-1955 she also served as research director for Columbia
University's Bureau of Applied Social Research.