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Caitlin Zaloom

Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis

Ph.D. 2002 (Anthropology) University of California, Berkeley; B.A. 1995 (Middle Eastern Studies and Modern Culture and Media) Brown University.


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Areas of Research/Interest: 

culture and economy; cities and globalization; financial markets; technology and cities; science and technology studies; social theory.

Curriculum Vitae

External Affiliations:

American Anthropological Association; American Studies Association; Society for the Social Studies of Science and Technology


Selected List: Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences Fellowship 2016-2017; Russell Sage Foundation Fellowship, 2103-2014, National Science Foundation Research Grant for Neuroeconomics: From Synapse to Society 2006-2008.

Selected List of Publications:

The Evangelical Finance Ethic,” American Ethnologist 43 (2) 325–338, May 2016.

“The Ethics of Wall Street,” Cultural Anthropology, May 2012.

The Shortsighted Brain: Neuroeconomics and the Governance of Choice in Time,” with Natasha Schull, Social Studies of Science, 41(4): 515-538, August 2011.

0226978133[1].jpg Out of the Pits: Traders and Technology from Chicago to London
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"The Derivative World," The Hedgehog Review, Summer 2010.

"The City as Value Locus: Markets, Technologies, and the Problem of Worth," Thomas Bender and Ignacio Farias eds. Urban Assemblages. pp. 251-267, New York: Routledge (2009).

"How to Read the Future: The Yield Curve, Affect, and Financial Prediction," Public Culture 21(2): 243-266, Spring 2009.

"Markets and Machines: Work in the Technological Sensoryscapes of Finance," American Quarterly 58(3): 815-837, September 2006.
"The Discipline of Speculators," Aihwa Ong and Stephen Collier eds. Global Assemblages: Technology, Politics, and Ethics as Anthropological Problems, pp. 253-269, New York: Blackwell, 2005.

"The Productive Life of Risk," Cultural Anthropology 19(3): 365-391, August 2004.

"Time, Space, and Technology in Financial Networks," Manuel Castells ed. The Network Society: A Cross-cultural Perspective, pp. 197-213, Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar, 2004.

"Ambiguous Numbers: Trading Technologies and Interpretation in Financial Markets," American Ethnologist 30(2): 258-272, May 2003. --- In Frontiers of Capital, Melissa Fisher and Greg Downey (eds.), Durham: Duke University Press (Forthcoming 2006).  

Updated on 06/14/2016