I am a historian of law, media, public policy, and American cities. I received my BA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and later earned a PhD in History from Columbia University, where I worked with Elizabeth Blackmar and Barbara Fields. My first book, Democracy of Sound: Music Piracy and the Remaking of American Copyright in the Twentieth Century, was published by Oxford University Press in 2013 (paperback, 2017), and my work has appeared in Salon, Al Jazeera, The Conversation, the Journal of American History, the Journal of Urban History, and Southern Cultures, among other publications. My second book, Brain Magnet: Research Triangle Park and the Idea of the Idea Economy, is under contract with Columbia University Press as part of its Studies in the History of U.S. Capitalism series.
I am currently associate professor of History at Georgia State University, where I teach about the history of cities, intellectual property, and technology, as well as public history and digital humanities. I am also senior editor of the history blog Tropics of Meta.