Dr. Aram Sinnreich is a media professor, author, and musician. Originally from Brooklyn NYC, he currently lives with his wife and musical partner Dunia Best in the Washington, DC area.
Sinnreich is a professor at American University's School of Communication, where he currently serves as Chair of Communication Studies. His work there focuses on the intersection of technology, law, and culture, with an emphasis on subjects such as music, data surveillance, and copyright.
As an author, Sinnreich writes both nonfiction and fiction books, often on themes related to his research, including music and technology. As a novelist, he collaborates with his sister, Rachel Hope Cleves, using the shared pseudonym R.A. Sinn. He has also written articles for outlets including The New York Times, Wired, Billboard, The Daily Beast, and Rolling Stone.
As a musician, Sinnreich plays bass, percussion, and guitar. As a composer in styles such as jazz, reggae, and soul, he has been a finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition (2014) and the Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Award (2020). His song "It's Never Easy, Si," performed with his group Dunia & Aram, reached #2 on the World Independent Music radio charts in 2023.
I write both fiction and nonfiction. I have authored five books and hundreds of journalism, opinion, and scholarly articles, in outlets including The New York Times, Wired Magazine, and Rolling Stone.
I write and perform music in a wide variety of styles, from jazz to reggae to punk to R&B. I'm proud to have served as bassist and/or composer for artists and groups including Ari Up, Vivien Goldman, The Specialized Project, Low Lily, Hans Nieswandt, Agent 99, King Django, Simon Chardiet and the Rooftoppers, The Tributary Project, Artsouca, and Cheick Hamala Diabate. My own musical projects include: