Alex Sayf Cummings

Dr. Cummings is a historian of law, technology, and American political culture. His work examines how the transition to an “information society” reshaped American culture, economic policy, and the built environment from the late nineteenth to the early twenty-first century. He earned his BA in History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and went on to receive an MA (2005) and PhD (2009) in History from Columbia University, studying with Elizabeth Blackmar and Barbara Fields. He is the author of Democracy of Sound: Music Piracy and the Remaking of American Copyright in the Twentieth Century and has written for the Journal of Urban History, the Journal of American HistorySouthern Cultures, and Technology and Culture, among other publications. He is also a senior editor of the history blog Tropics of Meta.