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Caitlin Zaloom
Caitlin Zaloom

Caitlin Zaloom

Cultural Anthropologist & Author, “Indebted”

Caitlin Zaloom is a cultural anthropologist and the author of “Indebted: How Families Make College Work at Any Cost.” She is also an associate professor at New York University, where she researches the intersection of finances, markets, and the cultures that sustain them.

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"When getting a degree is seen as a moral obligation, families will spend whatever it takes."
Friday, August 30, 2019
"In her new book Indebted, New York University professor Caitlin Zaloom takes a look at how the pressure of rising college costs has transformed life for middle-class families."
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

"So why is the barrier into the middle class so inaccessible? Caitlin Zaloom, author of "Indebted," tells the stories of families struggling with the financial pressures that come with trying to fund a college education. In this episode, she discusses the psychic toll of this fundamental paradox, both for those who go to college and those who don’t."

Thursday, August 29, 2019
"The education loan problem is creating economic drag and fuelling anti-establishment politics"
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

"Caitlin Zaloom, author of the disturbing new book, Indebted: How Families Make College Work at Any Cost, says student debt isn’t just taking a financial toll on parents and young adults. She says it’s taking an emotional toll, too."

Thursday, September 5, 2019
"The cost of a degree—and the “open future” that supposedly comes with it—has become one of the defining forces of middle-class life."
Wednesday, February 26, 2020