Interview With Dr. Christopher Tozzi

Today we are so happy to have Dr Tozzi, a professor at RPI, in the studio with us. Christopher Tozzi is passionate about studying the historical, political and social dimensions of technology. His most recent book, For Fun and Profit: A History of the Free and Open Source Software Revolution (MIT Press, 2017), examines the origins and evolution of software whose source code is freely shared, as well as the cultural and political stakes of such software. Dr. Tozzi’s academic interests also include the military and cultural history of revolutionary France. His first book, Nationalizing France’s Army: Foreign, Black, and Jewish Troops in the French Military, 1715-1831 (University of Virginia Press, 2016), investigates the emergence of modern conceptualizations of nationality and citizenship in France from the perspective of men who bore arms in defense of France, yet were not considered fully French due to their race, religion or countries of origin.