Andy Horowitz is an Assistant Professor of History at Tulane University, where he holds the Paul and Debra Gibbons Professorship in the School of Liberal Arts. He is affiliated with the programs in Environmental Studies, City, Culture, and Community, the ByWater Institute, and the Mellon Graduate Program in Community-Engaged Scholarship at Tulane; he is also a Fellow at the Center for Louisiana Studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. 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, was published by Harvard University Press in July 2020. The book was named the 2021 Humanities Book of the Year by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, and a 2020 Best Nonfiction Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly. He also co-edited Critical Disaster Studies, which will be published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2021, and is currently 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, Time, the Boston Globe, 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.