About Me

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

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

My research examines the history of telecommunications and 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.

I am an Affiliated Fellow at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project and a Research Fellow at Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism. 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.

At the International Communication Association (ICA), I am the Vice Chair for the Mobile Communication Interest Group. I am working with with Veronika Karnowski (Chair) and Thilo von Pape (Secretary) to strengthen the mobile communications scholarly community at ICA. At this year’s ICA annual meeting in Fukuoka, the Mobile Communication Interest Group ran three types of academic gatherings: (1) a pre-conference with seven blue-sky workshops, (2) a doctoral consortium in cooperation with the Communication and Technology Division, and (3) sessions during the main ICA conference. We have exciting plans for the 2017 ICA annual meeting in San Diego.

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.