Colin Agur is an Assistant Professor at the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

His research examines contemporary mobile phone usage, the social and legal implications of mass mobile telephony, and the unanticipated consequences of network development. Regionally, he interested in India, China and other developing economies, with Asia a primary focus.

At the International Communication Association (ICA), he is Past Chair of the Mobile Communication Interest Group.

Since arriving at the University of Minnesota, he has taught JOUR 1501 (Digital Games and Society), JOUR 3551 (The Business of Digital Media), and JOUR 4991 (Mobile Communication).

In fall 2019, he will be on a Single-Semester Leave awarded by the College of Liberal Arts.

In fall 2017, he was a Residential Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) at the University of Minnesota.

In 2016 he was a Research Fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University.

Prior to coming to the University of Minnesota, he was a postdoctoral fellow in media and law at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project.

In 2014 he received his PhD in Communications from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • MPhil
  • BA
  • MA
  • PhD


  • social media
  • political communication
  • media studies
  • mobile communication