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Robert Wosnitzer

Robert Wosnitzer

Part-time Faculty
B.A. Media, Culture & Communication, New York University, 2006
M.A. Media, Culture & Communication, New York University, 2008
Ph.D. Media, Culture & Communication, New York University, 2014

Robert Wosnitzer studies financial cultures, investigating the ways financial practices and technical instruments circulate alongside the beliefs, values and rituals of the people working in finance. His dissertation, “Desk, Firm, God, Country: The Speculative Ethic in an Age of Financialism” explored the social and cultural history of proprietary trading for credit instruments within US investment banks. He is a founding member, with Arjun Appadurai, of the Cultures of Finance Working Group at NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge. He has contributed to journals including  Journal of Cultural Economy  and Rethinking Capitalism and has served as Assistant Editor to the journal Public Culture . Prior to joining NYU, Robert traded and placed debt instruments with institutional clients for over a decade at firms including Lehman Brothers and Wells Fargo Capital Markets.


Contact Information

Robert Wosnitzer

Part-time Faculty
1 Wash Pl, Room 619
(212) 992-6302
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Office Hours
Tuesday 10-12
Thursday 10-12, 12-1


2014 Fall

Cultures of Finance
Mon,Wed 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

2013 Fall

Cultures of Finance
Mon,Wed 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

2012 Fall

Cultures of Finance
Mon,Wed 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Research and Teaching Interests

financial cultures; financialization; cultural &amp; political economy; economic policy; American economic and political history; globalization; cultural studies; media theory &amp; criticism

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