David Suisman earned his B.A. at Yale University and his M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. at Columbia University. He is currently associate professor of history at the University of Delaware, where he teaches courses on cultural history; music and sound; and consumer capitalism in the United States. His first book, Selling Sounds: The Commercial Revolution in American Music, was published by Harvard University Press in 2009, and he is the editor, with Susan Strasser, of Sound in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, published in 2010 by the University of Pennsylvania Press. His articles have appeared in the Journal of American History, Social Text, Radical History Review, The Believer, and other publications. He is also an occasional disc jockey at freeform radio station WFMU. He lives in Philadelphia.