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Aram Sinnreich Professor School of Communication

Additional Positions at AU
Chair, Communication Studies
Ph.D. University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication, 2007; M.S. Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, 2000

Dr. Aram Sinnreich is a Professor and chair of the Communication Studies division at American University’s School of Communication. Sinnreich’s work focuses on the intersection of culture, law and technology, with an emphasis on subjects such as surveillance, critical data studies, intellectual property, remix culture, and music. He is the author of three books: Mashed Up (2010), The Piracy Crusade (2013), and The Essential Guide to Intellectual Property (2019). He has also written for publications including The New York Times, Billboard, Wired, The Daily Beast, and The Conversation.

Sinnreich has two forthcoming books:

  • The Secret Life of Data, a nonfiction book coauthored with Jesse Gilbert, is due out from MIT Press in 2023.
  • SavePoint, a science fiction book coauthored with Rachel Hope Cleves, is due out from Solaris Books in 2023.

Sinnreich is a core faculty member in the SOC doctoral program, and frequently collaborates on research publications and projects with SOC PhD students. Some recent examples include:

  • Sinnreich, A., Aufderheide, P., Clifford, M., & Shahin, S. (2020). Access shrugged: The decline of the copyleft and the rise of utilitarian openness. New Media & Society. DOI: 10.1177/1461444820957304
  • Sinnreich, A., Aufderheide, P. & Newman, D. (2020). Creative action under two copyright regimes: Filmmaking and visual arts in Australia and the U.S. Communication, Culture & Critique, 13(3), 384–401.
  • Davis, D. & Sinnreich, A. (2020). Beyond fact-checking: Lexical patterns as lie detectors in Donald Trump’s tweets. International Journal of Communication, 14, 5237–5260.
  • Rosa, F. R., Clifford, M., & Sinnreich, A. (2021). The more things change: Who gets left behind as remix goes mainstream? In E. Navas, O. Gallagher, and x. burrough (Eds.), The handbook of remix studies and digital humanities. New York: Routledge.
  • Sinnreich, A. & Dols, S. (forthcoming). Chopping Neoliberalism, Screwing the Industry: DJ Screw, the Dirty South, and the Temporal Politics of Resistance. In R. Christopher (Ed.), Boogie down predictions: Hip-Hop, Time, and Afrofuturism. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Prior to coming to AU, Sinnreich served as Associate Professor at Rutgers University's School of Communication and Information, Director at media innovation lab OMD Ignition Factory, Managing Partner of media/tech consultancy Radar Research, Visiting Professor at NYU Steinhardt, and Senior Analyst at Jupiter Research. He is also a bassist and composer, and has played with groups and artists including progressive soul collective Brave New Girl, dub-and-bass band Dubistry, punk chanteuse Vivien Goldman, The Specialized Project, and Ari-Up, lead singer of the Slits. Sinnreich was a finalist in the 2014 John Lennon Songwriting Contest, and a semi-finalist for the 2020 Bernard/Ebb songwriting award. His newest project, Dunia & Aram, is slated to release its first album, "Bedfellows," on GMO Records in 2022.
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Spring 2022

  • COMM-468 Musical Cultures & Industries

  • COMM-898 Doctoral Continuing Enrollment

  • COMM-899 Doctoral Dissertation

Fall 2022

  • COMM-898 Doctoral Continuing Enrollment

  • COMM-899 Doctoral Dissertation

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Area of Expertise

Intersection of culture/law/technology, emerging media, music, social media, net neutrality

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