Andy Horowitz specializes in modern American political, cultural, and environmental history.
Horowitz's current research explores disasters and the questions they give rise to about race, class, community, trauma, inequality, the welfare state, urban and suburban development, extractive industry, and environmental change. He is writing a book about Katrina's history, which is under contract with Harvard University Press. Horowitz's dissertation on the causes and consequences of disaster in greater 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. His research has been supported by several fellowships and grants, including a 2013-2014 Mrs. Giles Whiting Fellowship in the Humanities, a 2015-2016 Monroe Fellowship from the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South, and a 2017-2018 Award to Louisiana Artists and Scholars for the Louisiana Board of Regents. His writing has appeared in the Journal of Southern History, Southern Cultures, Historical Reflections, the Journal of American History, The Atlantic, the Washington Post, and the New York Times.
Horowitz's teaching ranges across five centuries of American history: north, south, east, and west, from city to wilderness. His course offerings include Twentieth Century America, United States Environmental History, Disasters in America: Political, Cultural, and Environmental Histories, The Katrina Disaster Now, and Wilderness in the American Imagination. As a graduate student, he was awarded Yale's Prize Teaching Fellowship twice. At Tulane, his teaching has been recognized with a William L. Duren '26 Professorship.
"The Complete Story of the Galveston Horror: Trauma, History, and the Great Storm of 1900,"
Historical Reflections/Reflexions Historiques 41, No. 3 (Winter 2015)
“Hurricane Betsy and the Politics of Disaster in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward, 1965-1967,”
Journal of Southern History 80, No. 4 (November 2014)
"The BP Oil Spill and the End of Empire, Louisiana,"
Southern Cultures 20, No. 3 (Fall 2014)
Horowitz's work in the public humanities began with a 2001 college internship at the University of North Carolina's Southern Oral History Program. From 2003 to 2007, Horowitz was the founding director of the New Haven Oral History Project at Yale, a community-based learning and public humanities project at Yale. He developed an archive of over 200 interviews, taught Yale's first seminar on oral history, and produced museum exhibits on urban renewal, Holocaust memory, and neighborhood identity. In 2006, he coordinated "Imagining New Orleans," a collaborative effort of the Louisiana State Museum, the Southern Oral History Program, and the Beinecke Library at Yale to document the city's changes after Katrina. He is a former Policy Fellow at Yale's Institute for Social and Policy Studies, and a graduate of the Columbia University Oral History Research Office's Summer Institute and the Yale Public History Institute. From 2011-2014, Horowitz served as a mayoral appointee to the City of New Haven's Cultural Affairs Commission. He currently is a contributing producer to the national public radio programAmerican Routes.