Nora Slonimsky

Nora Slonimsky head-shotI am the Gardiner assistant professor of history and the director of the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies (ITPS) at Iona College. I received my Ph.D. in history from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) where I studied the transnational political, legal, and commercial development of intellectual property in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. I completed my undergraduate degree in history and English literature at Binghamton University and have a masters in American studies from the Graduate Center.

My book project, “The Engine of Free Expression: Copyrighting the State in Early America,” won the SHEAR Prize for best dissertation in 2018. Focusing on the the production and transportation of art and technology, especially cartographic artifacts, as they moved across chronological, geographic, and jurisdictional borders, I argue that copyright was a pivotal feature in the contested development of individual and national sovereignty in the Early Republic. By examining the relationship between literary property and  labor, land ownership, and seditious libel, colonial and later federal calls for copyright protection became an intrinsic part of claiming a nation.

I serve as the social media editor for the Journal of the Early Republic, the head reviews editor for SHARP News, and am also involved with several digital and public history projects through the ITPS. For my full C.V. and other information, please check my personal website, I am occasionally on twitter (usually in regards to tea, Star Wars, and hats) with the handle @NoraSlonimsky.