About T of M

Tropics of Meta is meant to offer a historical and theoretical perspective on current events, popular culture, and issues in the academic world. We hope it can serve as a sounding board for new ideas and new research, as well as a clearinghouse for innovative projects in digital arts and humanities.
Alex Sayf Cummings is an assistant professor of history at Georgia State University.  His work deals with media, law, and the political culture of the modern United States.  He has previously received a Whiting Fellowship, an ACLS-Mellon postdoctoral fellowship, and the American Baptist Historical Society's Torbet Prize. His work has appeared in the Brooklyn Rail, the Journal of American History, Technology and Culture, and the edited volume Sound in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction from the University of Pennsylvania Press.
His first book, Democracy of Sound: Music Piracy and the Remaking of American Copyright in the Twentieth Century, was published by Oxford University Press in Spring 2013

Ryan Reft is a doctoral student in the History Department at the University of California at San Diego.  He has studied at the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, New York University, and Columbia University, and taught for nine years in the New York public school system. During this period he participated and appeared in the PBS documentary Starting from Behind: The Success Story of Manhattan Comprehensive Night and Day H.S. (8/13/2004). His research deals with the history of housing, homeownership, metropolitan America, gender/sexuality and the politics of race and class in the twentieth century US.  His work has appeared in the The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics, and Culture, the journal Souls and Barack Obama and African American Empowerment: The Rise of Black America's New Leadership.


Cherie Braden
Moses Casual 
Ben Coates 
Adam Gallagher 
Nathan Hartle
Amy Heishman 
Clement Lime
John Miller
Will Moore
Nina Morrison 
Christopher O'Connor
Keith Orejel 
Joel Suarez 
Shane Updike
William Orangeman Williams

Inquiries should be directed to tropicsofmeta@gmail.com, and submissions are always welcome.  We try to get back to potential contributors within one to two weeks of submission.