About Me

tumblr_inline_mo2wxl0Rmd1rq1ge1I am an Assistant Professor at the Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

My research examines contemporary mobile phone usage, the social and legal implications of mass mobile telephony, and the unanticipated consequences of network development. Regionally, I am interested in India, China and other developing economies, and in the United States. I tweet at @colinagur.

Along with co-authors Valerie Belair-Gagnon and Nicholas Frisch, I recently published a report for the Tow Center, examining how foreign correspondents use mobile chat apps to cover political unrest. That report is available on the Columbia Journalism Review website.

This past year I taught two exciting courses (Digital Games, Sims and Apps: Storytelling, Play and Commerce and Economics of New Media) and continued my research on mobile communication.

In fall 2017, I was a Residential Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) at the University of Minnesota. That fellowship released me from teaching duties and places me among an interdisciplinary community of faculty members. I spent my time developing a book project focusing on social authority and power on mobile phone networks.

In addition to my work at the University of Minnesota, I am active at the International Communication Association (ICA). I am Chair of the Mobile Communication Interest Group, a network of 200 researchers around the world. I am also a member of the ICA Board of Directors and the planning committee for the 2018 annual meeting in Prague. At this year’s ICA annual meeting in San Diego, the Mobile Communication Interest Group ran three types of academic gatherings: (1) a day-long pre-conference with interactive blue-sky workshops, (2) a doctoral consortium in cooperation with the Communication and Technology Division, and (3) scholarly paper sessions during the main ICA conference. We are developing plans for the 2018 ICA annual meeting in Prague and for future ICA regional conferences.

I am an Affiliated Fellow at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project and in 2016 was a Research Fellow at Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism. Previously I was a postdoctoral fellow in media and law at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project.

I completed my PhD in Communications at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. My dissertation examined mobile phone networks in India, identifying intended and unanticipated consequences of the rapid network development that has taken place in recent years.