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Aram Sinnreich Professor Communication Studies

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 five books: Mashed Up (2010); The Piracy Crusade (2013); The Essential Guide to Intellectual Property (2019); science fiction novel A Second Chance for Yesterday (2023; coauthored with Rachel Hope Cleves as R.A. Sinn); and the forthcoming The Secret Life of Data (2024; coauthored with Jesse Gilbert). He has also written for publications including The New York Times, Billboard, Wired, The Daily Beast, and The Conversation.

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:

  • 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. (2022). 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.
  • Sinnreich, A., Sanchez-Santos, M., Perry, N. W., & Aufderheide, P. (2023). Performative media policy: Section 230’s evolution from regulatory statute to loyalty oath. Communication Law & Policy.

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 released its first album, "Bedfellows," on GMO Records in 2022.
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For the Media
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Spring 2024

  • COMM-468 Musical Cultures & Industries

  • COMM-899 Doctoral Dissertation

Fall 2024

  • COMM-750 Advanced Media Theory

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Area of Expertise

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

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To request an interview for a news story, call AU Communications at 202-885-5950 or submit a request.

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