Caitlin Zaloom “A Moral History of the Household Budget”

FEB 14, 2014 | 3:00 PM TO 6:00 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


6112: Sociology Student Lounge


February 14, 2014: 3:00 PM-6:00 PM




Sociology Colloquium Series

“A Moral History of the Household Budget”
Caitlin Zaloom, NYU/RSF
Caitlin Zaloom is Associate Professor of Social & Cultural Analysis at New York University.  During 2013-2014, she is a fellow at the Russell Sage Foundation.  Her research examines emerging forms of knowledge and practice related to financial risk.  Her book Out of the Pits: Traders and Technology from Chicago to London (University of Chicago,  2006) showed how traders, managers, and technology designers enact formal ideals of economic reason in trading screens and dealing rooms.  In another ethnographic project, she analyzed the rise of neuroeconomics, a new field that links decision-making to the neural substrate and challenges liberal understandings of autonomy and choice.  Zaloom is currently working on a book about the industry and practices of household finance centering on education, housing, and retirement.