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 prediction, and the history of gender and sexuality.
Professor Horan is currently at work on her book manuscript, Actuarial Age, which explores the cultural life of insurance and the role of risk-based thinking in shaping American institutions and daily life during the second half of the twentieth century. She is also developing a future project on the astrology of money and markets in the modern era.
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. Horan was a fellow at the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies at Princeton University during the 2016-1017 academic year.