Michael Szalay

Michael Szalay co-directs the Center for the Study of Creative Economies at UC, Irvine. He's currently working on two book projects. The first is on branding and finance at Time Warner and its subsidiaries since 1996. The second is a comparative and interview-driven account of the institutional and legal norms that now organize authorship in the television industry on the one hand and the publishing industry on the other.
His first two books (Hip Figures: A Literary History of the Democratic Party and New Deal Modernism: American Literature and the Invention of the Welfare State) examine the relationship between literature, liberal governance, and economic crisis.