Nora Slonimsky

Nora Slonimsky head-shotI am a doctoral candidate in history at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) where I study eighteenth and early nineteenth century trans-Atlantic intellectual property, legal studies, and book history. My dissertation, “The Engine of Free Expression [?]: The Political Development of Copyright in the Colonial British Atlantic and Early National United States,” focuses on copyright as a conceptual and economic construct. In this project I explore the intersection of literary labor, nationalism, and press regulation with a focus on the role of copyright in the development of political coalitions. I also examine related print-practices such as cartography, seditious libel, authorial authority, and publishing contracts as well as relevant connections between intellectual property and manufacturing, trade agreements, and land speculation.

I completed my undergraduate degree in history and English literature at Binghamton University and have a masters in American studies from the Graduate Center. For the past three years I was a teaching assistant and instructor of both halves of the US history survey at Hunter College. For the 2015-2016 academic year, I will be a Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) fellow at Lehman College. I am an active member and former co-chair of the CUNY Early American Republic Seminar (CUNY EARS) and regularly contribute to Teaching United States History.

My curriculum vitae and other information can be found at and I am occasionally on twitter (usually in regards to tea, hats, Star Wars, and the New York Jets) with the handle @NoraSlonimsky.


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