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Dissertation: "Decolonizing Copyright Law: Learning from the Jamaican Street Dance"

Ph.D. Jurisprudence & Social Policy. Berkeley Law, University of California, 2012 Chair: Kristin Luker (Sociology)

M.SC. with Distinction. Economic History, London School of Economics, 2000

B.A. Labor History/Women’s Studies, Oberlin College, 1995


“Comment: What can Feminism Learn from New Media?” Communication and
Critical/Cultural Studies, Volume 11, Issue 3, September 2014

“Embodied meaning in Jamaican popular music” Journal of Popular Music Studies 27
(4): 478-487, December 2015

“White Faces in Intimate Spaces: Jamaican Popular Music in Global Circulation”
Communication, Culture and Critique 9(2): 266-283. June 2016

Book chapters

  • “Decolonizing Networked Technology: Lessons from the Dancehall” in Transnational Culture In The Internet Age. Elgar, 2012
  • “If It Ain't Broke... Copyright’s Fixation Requirement and Cultural Citizenship“ Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts, Winter, 2010

Professional Appointments 

Assistant Professor of Emergent Media, Department of Media Studies & Production, School of Media and Communication, Temple University. 2016

Visiting Research Fellow, McGannon Center for Communication Research, Fordham University. 2015

New York University, Steinhard School of Culture Education and Human Development, Music and Performing Arts Professions. Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Business. 2014-15

Rutgers University, School of Communication and Information. Part Time Lecturer. 2012-13

Brooklyn College, Sociology. Adjunct Instructor 2012-13

New York University, Media Culture and Communication. Adjunct Instructor 2012-2013

Grants & Fellowships

Berkeley Empirical Legal Studies Fellowship 2010-11

Edward Hildebrand Graduate Fellowship for Canadian Studies 2009-10

Center for British Studies Dissertation Scholarship 2009-10

Simpson Fellowship in International and Comparative Studies 2008-09

UC Berkeley Graduate Division Summer Fellowship 2008

Selznick Fellowship in Jurisprudence and Social Policy 2008

Boalt Summer Public Interest Fellowship 2007 Fellowship for Public Interest work in Law and Technology 2007

Institute for European Studies fellowship, DAAD 2006

Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowship 2005

Selznick Fellowship in Jurisprudence and Social Policy 2004

Invited talks

“Exilic airwaves: UK Pirate Radio and the Tower Block” What is the Place of Intellectual Property? Symposium, McGill University, Montreal, CA, June 26 2014

“Submerged Voices in Underground Performance,” Opening plenary, Rare Book &; Manuscript section of American Library Association Annual Meeting, June 24 2013

Rocking the Body Politics: Musical Spaces for Resistance and Survival,” Center for the Arts in Society, Carnegie Mellon University, April 22 2013

“Listening Spaces, Exile and Intimacy,” Listening Spaces symposium, Studio for Creative Inquiry, Carnegie Mellon University, October 19 2012

“When the Wrong Side is the Right Side: The Harms of Digital Inclusion,” Olin College of Engineering Technology & Culture Seminar Series, September 25 2012

“Exile, Resistance, Occupation, Music,” Clandestino Institut, Göteborg Sweden, June 8 2012

“International Approaches to the Creative Economy,” Western States Arts Foundation Cultural Policy Symposium,
April 13 2012

“Beyond the Benefit Concert: Innovating Activism, Activating Artists,” (invited panelist) at Innovate/Activate! Symposium, UC Berkeley Law School, April 23 2011

“Is it All in our Heads? Music and Metadata,” All2gethernow music and technology festival. Käter Holzig, Berlin, Germany, November 4 2011

“Killer Apps, Conflicting Law: Remixing Compensation in Music Services,” (invited panelist) Future of Music Policy Summit, Washington, DC, October 4 2011

“From Jamaica to di World! Musical Identity in a Globally Networked Context,” Microsoft Social Media Research Collective, July 26 2011

“Music, Metadata and Memory: How We Already Own what is Shared,” Dorkbot/Studio for Creative Inquiry, Carnegie Mellon University, July 2 2011

“Indigenous Science,” Bay Area Video Coalition Producers' Institute, June 11-18 2011

"Visions For The Future," Berklee College of Music/MIDEM "Rethink Music" Conference, April 26 2011

"Decolonizing Copyright: Jamaican Street Dances and Globally Networked Technology," Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University, March 22 2010

“Decolonizing Networked Technology: Learning from the Dancehall,” Bits Without Borders: Law, Communications & Transnational Culture Flow in the Digital Age. Michigan State Law School, September 24 2010

“Jamaican Sound Systems and the Politics of Permission,” Colloquium, “Art & Culture of the DJ” at Festival on the Hill, University of North Carolina, February 19 2009

“Jamaican Cultural Practice and Copyright,” Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, October 5  2009

“Answer! Conversation vs. Permission in Jamaican Music-making,” Sound Summit music festival, Newcastle, Australia, October 3 2008

“Practice not Property: Musical Improvisation vs. Copyright Law,” Takeovers & Makeovers: Artistic Appropriation, Fair Use, and Copyright in the Digital Age. Berkeley Art Museum and the Berkeley Center for New Media, November 11 2008

“Copyright vs. Creativity,” Invited panelist, MUTEK: Montreal Electronic Music and Digital Creativity Festival, Montreal, June 4 2007

“DIY => DIT: New Social Practices and Digital Distribution,” (invited panelist) UC Institute for Research in the Arts Conference, UC Berkeley Art Museum, May 19 2007

“Copyfight: the Future of Remix/Mashup Culture,” Invited panelist, RES Film Festival The Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA, November13 2005

“‘All T'ief is T'ief?’: Intellectual Property, Music and Economic Development,” Institute for Commonwealth Studies, University of London, October 16 2000

Conference Papers

Panels Organized

“Web Writing, Ethics, Ownership and Power for Marginalized Communities,” Allied Media Conference, June 24 2013

“We Come Alive: Exilic Spaces for Remixing Social Life” Radical Aesthetics and Politics. Hunter College, December 11 2012

“Radical Organizing From the Dancefloor,” Allied Media Conference, June 28 2011

Papers Presented

“Copyright, Property and Propriety in the Jamaican Street Dance,” Law and Society Association, June 1 2013

“Crossing Borders, Exilic Space: The Video Light in Global Circulation,” American Anthropology Association Annual Meeting, November 14 2012

"Music & Metadata: Do Songs Remain the Same?" South By SouthWest - Interactive, March 14 2011

"Invisible Cities: Mapping Media In Underground Art & Music, " Unofficial Music Conference at South By SouthWest, March 16 2008

“Between Copyright and Democracy: Answer Songs, Conversation and Permission in Jamaican Music,” Law & Society Association Annual Meeting, May 28 2007

“Rights in Cyberspace: Public Attitudes about Online Privacy,” Law & Society Association Annual Meeting, June 3 2007

“Shaping, Breaking, and Taking Research: Intellectual Property Law Dilemmas and Challenges From The Field,” Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Meeting, November 17 2006

“Listening to Law, Getting Law to Listen: Musical Practice and Legality,” International Association for the Study of Popular Music Annual Meeting, November 13 2005

“Shaky Ground, Thin Air: Intellectual Property Law and the Jamaican Music Industry,” Caribbean Studies Association Annual Meeting, June 5 2001


“Beyond Efficiency: Consequence-sensitive Theories of Copyright,” Talha Syed & Oren Bracha. IP Scholars Conference, August 7 2013

Community outreach

Invited events

“Telling a Story with Music” Youth workshop at Arts Greenhouse, Pittsburgh,
PA October 11 2012

“Making a Community Mixtape for Jackson,” Jackson, MS Community Center, June 24 2010

From Jamaica to London: Creativity, Communication and Copyright Law,” Crosspollinate Jackson Colloquium series, at Jackson Community Design Center, Jackson, MS, June 25 2010

“Copyright and Creative Practice from Jamaica to the Open Source Movement: A Conversation with Larisa Mann & Karl Fogel,” The Change You Want to See Gallery & Upgrade NY, September 3 2009

Sole or collaboratively organized events

“Beyond the Block” Community Festival. Sunset Park, Brooklyn, NY 2012

Volunteer legal aid, Students Expressing Truth Prison project, Kingston, Jamaica 2007 

Media coverage

“Antropologinja s Berkleya o Digitalizaciji Koja Ranjava Kulturu i Identitet. ” [trans: Berkeley Anthropologist on How Digitization Harms Culture and Identity] Novi List (Croatia), July 28 2013

“DJ Ripley (Larisa Mann) at Dorkbot and Garden of Earthly Delights, Brillobox” Pittsburgh City Paper, July 13 2011

“Person of the Week: Larisa Mann,” Jackson Free Press, June 24 2010

Non-Academic Publicatons

Web-based publications

“Students Sue The RIAA,” February 25, 2009 WireTap online, reprinted in The Nation Online March 16, 2009

“Download a Song, Lose Your Loan?” December 3 2007 WireTap online, reprinted in The Nation Online December 17, 2007

Academic Memberships

National Communication Association

International Communication Association

Law and Society Association

International Association for the Study of Popular Music