Year: Doctorate in JSP
Along with pursuing my scholarly and policy interests at JSP, I am a public speaker, dj and a journalist.
I'm interested in the social implications of intellectual property rules, copyright in particular, and in the legal implications of people's actual creative practices as explored through ethnographic and other qualitative research, as well as analyzing media accounts of copyright in popular press. I'm generally interested in grounding property rights debates in empirical research, especially examining the connection between enclosure movements and struggles over political/economic power.
I regularly engage with audiences in the music and tech industry, at law schools and research centers, hacker spaces, and community meetings, on issues to do with law, technology and culture. Recently these engagements have included SXSW-Interactive, Microsoft Research Labs' Social Media Research Group, Dorkbot Pittsburgh, and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School.
In my work for the Samuelson Clinic for Law, Technology and Public Policy, I focused on issues of privacy in public places and the embedding of values/policy in technology design. My other strand of research is on the implications of networked life (daily life permeated by technology and the internet) for our concepts of rights.
I've been a columnist for the progressive youth news site WireTap, and a resident DJ at Surya Dub, voted "Best Club Night in San Francisco 2007" by readers of the East Bay Express, and "Best Dance DJ" in the SF Bay Guardian's Readers Poll of 2008.
In Spring 2009 I was in Kingston, Jamaica, pursuing my dissertation research: "Listening to Law, Getting Law to Listen: Copyright and Creativity in Jamaica"
In Fall 2009 I was continuing my research in the Jamaican diaspora in New York, London and Toronto, Canada, and in Spring 2010 I was a Berkeley Empirical Legal Studies Research Fellow.
M.Sc (Economic History), with distinction, London School of Economics 2001
B.A. Oberlin College, 1995
Intellectual Property, communication and culture
Law and Technology
Berkeley Empirical Legal Studies Fellowship
Simpson Fellowship for Int'l &Comparative Studies
Selznick Fellowship - Fall04 - Spr08
Boalt Summer Public Interest Fellowship - Summer07
Boalt.org Public Interest fellowship in technology & law - Sum07
Institute for European Studies fellowship (Berlin, Germany): "Copyright law and music transmission from Jamaica to Germany" - Sum06
FLAS fellowship - German Language Study in Berkeley - Sum05
Berkeley Center for Law & Technology's Certificate in Law & TechnologyEmployment Experiences:
2012-2013 Rutgers University, School of Communication
2012-2013 Brooklyn College, Department of Sociology
GSI, Fall '10 Media Studies
GSI, Summer '10 American Constitutional History
Research Assist, Prof. Mulligan, Director, Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic (2005-8)
Legal Aid, SET Foundation, Jamaica (Music Tech law advice in Prison rehab project) Summer, 2007
Brooklyn college - Department of Sociology
Rutgers University, New York - School of Communication
Columnist, Wiretap Online 2004-2007
Graduate Student Instructor (GSI), Survey of US Constitutional History, Fall 07, Fall05
GSI, Property & Liberty, Spr '07, Spr '06
GSI, Feminist Jurisprudence, Fall '06
- If it Ain’t Broke.... Copyright’s Fixation Requirement and Cultural Citizenship - 34 Colum. J.L. & Arts 201
- Decolonizing networked technology: learning from the street dance - in Transnational Cultural Flows in the Digital Age, Adam Candeub and Sean Pager, eds. Forthcoming, winter 2011 (Elgar)