Dr. David Suisman, Associate Professor, History
Associate Professor, History
Coordinator, Hagley Program in Capitalism, Technology, and Culture
University of Delaware
118 John Munroe Hall
Newark, DE 19716
My scholarly interests concern the relationship between different forms
of cultural and economic power, particularly in relation to the
development of modern consumer capitalist society. More precisely, these
interests crystallize around subjects related to citizenship, critiques
of capitalism, intellectual property, advertising, photography, film,
literature, and music. These also encompass a concern for the broader
historiographic challenge of cultural history itself and the problems
inherent in writing histories of “experience.” This has led me into a
deep interest as well in sensory experience—seeing, hearing, touching,
tasting, smelling—and consideration of the senses as social
constructions, whose historical significance can vary over time and
- Selling Sounds: The Commercial Revolution in American Music (Harvard University Press, 2010).
- Sound in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction With Susan Strasser (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009).
Articles and Book Chapters
- “The Oklahoma City Sonic Boom Experiment and the Politics of Supersonic Aviation,” Radical History Review no. 121 (Jan. 2015), 169-195.
- “Sound Recordings and Popular Music Histories: The Remix,” Journal of Popular Music Studies 23, no. 2 (2011), 212-20.
- “Sound, Knowledge, and the ‘Immanence of Human Failure’:
Rethinking Musical Mechanization through the Phonograph, the
Player-Piano, and the Piano,” Social Text 102 (Spring 2010).
- “Co-workers in the Kingdom of Culture: Black Swan Records and the Political Economy of African-American Music.” Journal of American History 90 (March 2004)
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