Recalculating Wall Street Rationalities: A Rethinking of Financial Risk and 'Risk Culture'

Karen Ho
Associate Professor of Anthropologya
University of Minnesota

April 13th, 2015
Rockefeller Center, 002
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Karen Ho is a cultural anthropologist specializing in the anthropology of finance, globalization, and capitalism. She received her BA and MA from Stanford University and her Ph.D. in anthropology from Princeton University. She is author of Liquidated: An Ethnography of Wall Street (Duke, 2009) based on work as both investment banker and researcher. Her talk will extend her work on the organizational culture of risk on Wall Street that stresses enhancing shareholder value but also generates corporate instabilities magnified by market dynamics and rhythms.