Associate Professor of History at Georgia State University
Dr. Alex Sayf Cummings graduated from UNC Charlotte and the University Honors Program (UHP) in 2003 with a B.A. in History and a teaching license in secondary social studies education. After graduating from UNC Charlotte, Dr. Cummings went on to pursue his MA and PhD in History from Columbia University. While in New York, Dr. Cummings worked a variety of jobs, from working as a filing clerk on the Mumia Abu Jamal campaign, to a labor history educator for Empire State College and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), and as a ghostwriter. After completing is Ph.D., Dr. Cummings went on to teach as a postdoctoral fellow at Vassar College in the Media Studies program before moving to Georgia State University to begin as an Assistant Professor of History in 2010. In 2016, Dr. Cummings received tenure at Georgia State and was promoted to Associate Professor.
In his position as Associate Professor, Dr. Cummings teaches classes in US history, the history of media, copyright, and the history of cities. He teaches both at the undergraduate and graduate level, and advises masters and Ph.D. students on their theses and dissertations. Dr. Cummings also leads the History Department's initiative in digital humanities. In addition, Dr. Cummings is the Senior Editor of the history blog Tropics of Meta. Tropics of Meta aims to offer a fresh perspective on history, current events, popular culture, and issues in the academic world by providing a voice to communities across the United States and the world. In 2013, Dr. Cummings published his first book Democracy of Sound: Music Piracy and the Remaking of American Copyright in the Twentieth Century.
Dr. Cummings fondly remembers his time in UHP. In eclectic and interdisciplinary honors courses like War, Peace, Justice, and Human Survival, he had the opportunity to explore a variety of perspectives and schools of thought. He further credits UHP with providing him invaluable experience in doing original, primary research with archival sources while working on his senior honors thesis.