Caley Horan

Assistant Professor of History
(On Leave AY 2019-2020)
(617) 324-7321


B.A. Stanford University, 2003
Ph.D. University of Minnesota, 2011

Caley Horan is an historian of the United States interested broadly in the cultural and intellectual transformations of the post-WWII era. Her research interests include business history and the history of capitalism, cold war culture, risk and futurity, and the history of gender and sexuality.

Professor Horan is currently at work on her first book, which explores the role of the insurance industry in shaping American institutions and daily life during the second half of the twentieth century. She is also developing a future project on astrology and capitalism in the twentieth-century United States.

At MIT, Professor Horan teaches classes on modern US history, including “The United States in the Nuclear Age,” “Sexual and Gender Identities in the Modern US,” and “American History Since 1865.” She also team-teaches an introductory course on comparative revolutions and a graduate course titled “Risk, Fortune, and Futurity.” Horan was a fellow at the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies at Princeton University during the 2016-1017 academic year.

An interview with Professor Horan about her research on private insurance in the United States can be found here.