Andrew Horowitz

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Andy Horowitz is a Ph.D. candidate and Whiting Fellow in the Humanities at Yale, where he studies American political, cultural, and environmental history.
His dissertation, “The End of Empire, Louisiana: Disaster and Recovery on the Gulf Coast, 1915-2012,” analyzes the changing ways people in and around New Orleans have experienced disaster and engaged in recovery, from the Great Hurricane of 1915 through Hurricane Katrina in 2005. His research has been supported by grants and fellowships from Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Tulane University’s New Orleans Center for the Gulf South, the University of North Carolina’s Southern Oral History Program, and the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation. His dissertation committee includes Glenda Gilmore (chair), John Mack Faragher, and Kai Erikson.
Andy has taught classes on southern history, urban history, the history of disasters, and the meanings of wilderness in American culture. He designed Yale’s first course on oral history. He has been awarded Yale’s Prize Teaching Fellowship twice.

Andy’s writing has appeared in the Journal of American History, The Atlantic, Slate, Salon, and the New York Times, and he has been invited to present his research at the University of North Carolina, Harvard, Princeton, the University of Louisiana, the University of Texas, and Renmin University in Beijing. 

Before he began work on his Ph.D in 2008, Andy was the founding director of the New Haven Oral History Project, directed the Imagining New Orleans documentary project after Katrina, and was a research associate at American Routes, the national public radio program. He received a B.A., magna cum laude, from Yale in 2003.

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