Andy Horowitz is an Assistant Professor of History at Tulane University, where he is affiliated with the programs in Environmental Studies and City, Culture, and Community. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 2014.
Andy specializes in modern American political, cultural, and environmental history. His research focuses on disasters and the questions they give rise to about race, class, community, trauma, inequality, the welfare state, extractive industry, metropolitan development, and environmental change. Over the past decade and a half, his work on two places in particular - New Orleans, "the Land of Dreams," and New Haven, "the Model City" - has explored how people respond when faced, by choice or by circumstance, with the loss of their homes and the need to re-imagine their communities.
Andy's first book, Katrina: A History, 1915-2015, will be published by Harvard University Press in June 2020. He currently is co-editing Critical Disaster Studies: New Perspectives on Disaster, Vulnerability, Resilience, and Risk, an interdisciplinary collection of new work, as well as serving as guest editor for a 2021 special issue of Southern Cultures, focused on the environment. He has published scholarly articles in the Journal of Southern History, Southern Cultures, and Historical Reflections, as well as essays in the The Atlantic, the Washington Post, and the New York Times.
Andy's dissertation on the causes and consequences of disaster in metropolitan New Orleans won the Southern Historical Association's C. Vann Woodward Prize for best dissertation in Southern history and Yale's George Washington Egleston Prize for best dissertation in American history.
Andy's teaching covers five centuries of American history: north, south, east, and west, from city to wilderness. As a graduate student, he was awarded Yale's Prize Teaching Fellowship twice. In 2015-2016, he was a William L. Duren '26 Professor at Tulane.
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. from Yale in 2003.
Contact Andy at ahorowitz (at) tulane.edu.