Colin P Agur

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Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication
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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, and in the United States. At the International Communication Association (ICA), he is Chair of the Mobile Communication Interest Group. In 2016-17 at the University of Minnesota, he taught JOUR 1501 (Digital Games, Sims and Apps: Storytelling, Play and Commerce) and JOUR 3551 (Economics of New Media). In fall 2017, he will be 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

Educational Background

  • PhD: Communications, Columbia University, 2014.
  • MPhil: Communications, Columbia University, 2013.
  • MA: International Political Economy, University of Warwick, 2006.
  • BA: Political Science, University of Alberta, 2002.

Curriculum Vitae

Specialties

  • media studies
  • mobile communication
  • social media
  • political communication
Courses Taught
  • Digital Games, Sims and Apps: Storytelling, Play and Commerce
  • Economics of New Media
  • Big Data & Global Media
  • Telecommunications Law & Policy
  • Intelligence Gathering & International Law
  • Social Theories of the Information Society
  • Mobile Revolutions: Markets, Politics, Journalism
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Faculty Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, University of Minnesota: 2017 - 2018
  • Chair, International Communication (ICA) Mobile Communication Interest Group: 2017 - 2019:
  • Vice Chair, International Communication Association (ICA) Mobile Communication Interest Group: 2015 - 2017
  • Research Fellow, Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia University: 2016 - 2016
  • Affiliated Fellow, Information Society Project, Yale Law School: 2016 - present
  • Postdoctoral Associate in Media & Law, Information Society Project, Yale Law School: 2014 - 2016
Publications
  • [Book] Greenhow, C, Sonnevend, J, and Agur, C (2016). Education and Social Media: Toward a Digital Future. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Image
  • [Journal Article] Agur, C (2017). Re-Imagining the Indian State: External Forces and the Transformation of Telecommunications Policy, 1947-present. Global Media and Communication. In press.
  • [Journal Article] Belair-Gagnon, Agur, C, and Frisch N (2017). Mobile Sourcing: A Case Study of Journalistic Norms and Usage of Chat Apps. Mobile Media & Communication. Online First. Download
  • [Journal Article] Frisch, N, Belair-Gagnon, V, and Agur, C (2017). Media Capture with Chinese Characteristics: Changing Patterns in Hong Kong’s News Media System. Journalism. Online First. Download
  • [Journal Article] Belair-Gagnon, V, Agur, C, and Frisch, N (2017). The Changing Physical and Social Environment of Newsgathering: A Case Study of Foreign Correspondents Using Chat Apps During Unrest. Social Media + Society, 3(1). Download
  • [Journal Article] Agur, C (2015). Second Order Networks, Gambling, and Corruption on Indian Mobile Phone Networks. Media, Culture & Society, 32(5): 768-83. Download
  • [Journal Article] Belair-Gagnon, V, Mishra, S, and Agur, C (2014). Reconstructing the Indian Public Sphere: Newswork and Social Media in the Delhi Gang Rape Case. Journalism, 15(8): 1059-75. Download
  • [Journal Article] Agur, C (2013). Negotiated Order: The Fourth Amendment, Telephone Surveillance and Social Interactions, 1878-1968. Information and Culture, 48(4): 419-47. Download
  • [Journal Article] Agur, C (2013). A Foreign Field No Longer: India, the IPL and the Global Business of Cricket. Journal of Asian and African Studies, 48(5): 541-56. Download
  • [Academic Report] Belair-Gagnon V, Agur, C, and Frisch, N (2016). New Frontiers in Newsgathering: How Foreign Correspondents Use Chat Apps to Cover Political Unrest. Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia University. Download
  • [Academic Report] Agur, C, Subramanian, R, and Belair-Gagnon, V (2015). Interactions and Policy-making: Civil Society Perspectives on the Multi-Stakeholder Internet Governance Process in India. Internet Policy Observatory, Center for Global Communication Studies, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. Download
  • [Book Chapter] Belair-Gagnon, V and Agur, C (2015). #Verdict2014: Social Media and Changing Norms in Indian Mainstream Journalism During the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections. In Thorsen and Sreedharan (eds.) The Indian Election 2014: First Reflections. Bournemouth, UK: Centre for the Study of Journalism, Culture and Community at Bournemouth University. Download
  • [Book Chapter] Agur, C (2015). Betting Across Borders: Mobile Networks and the Future of Gambling. The Good Life in Asia’s Digital 21st Century. Hong Kong: Digital Asia Hub. Harvard University: Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Download
  • [Popular Media] Belair-Gagnon, V and Agur, C (2016). On Chat Apps, Journalists Need to Build Relationships. Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia University. Download
  • [Popular Media] Belair-Gagnon, V and and Agur, C (2016). Five Ways Reporters Have Used Chat Apps to Cover Political Unrest. Medium.Download
  • [Popular Media] Agur, C, Subramanian, R, and Belair-Gagnon, V (2014). Connecting the Dots: Interactions in Internet Rights and Security in India. Center for Global Communication Studies, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania Download
  • [Popular Media] Agur, C (2014). Disclosure and its Discontents: Protecting Privacy in a Time of Surveillance. Center for Global Communication Studies, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, Download
  • [Popular Media] Agur, C, Subramanian, R, and Belair-Gagnon, V (2014). Security, Internet Rights and Principles: Power Shifts and Implications for Internet Policy-Making in India. Center for Global Communication Studies, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. Download
Awards
  • Bernard S. Finn IEEE History Prize from the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), for the best published article on the history of power, electronics, telecommunications or computer science, 2014 - 2014
  • Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard Law School, 2015 Essay Writing Competition. One of three prize winners, 2015 - 2015