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  • 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 space.



    • Selling Sounds: The Commercial Revolution in American Music (Harvard University Press, 2010).

    Edited Volumes

    • 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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