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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, 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.

Research interests

Prof Agur's 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, he interested in India, China and other developing economies.

Teaching

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).

Prof. Agur has supervised masters students in the areas of social media, media studies, and mobile communication. 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Columbia University

… → 2014

Award Date: Jun 23 2014

MA, University of Warwick

… → 2006

Award Date: Oct 1 2006

BA, University of Alberta

… → 2002

Award Date: Jun 2 2002

External Positions

Past Chair, Mobile Communication Interest Group, International Communication Association

20192021

Research Fellow, Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia University

20162017

Affiliated Fellow, Information Society Project, Yale University

2016 → …

Postdoctoral Associate, Yale Law School Information Society Project

20142016

Research interests

  • media studies
  • mobile communication
  • social media
  • political communication
  • emerging media
  • emerging technology
  • mobility

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Research Output

Digital Disobedience: Social Media Activism in Hong Kong’s 2014 Umbrella Movement

Agur, C. P. & Frisch, N., 2019, In : Social Media and Society. 5, 1

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    Insularized connectedness: Mobile chat applications and news production

    Agur, C., Jan 1 2019, In : Media and Communication. 7, 1 EmergingTechnologies, p. 179-188 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Scopus citations

    Insularized Connectedness: Mobile Chat Apps and News Production

    Agur, C. P., 2019, In : Media and Communication. 7, 1, p. 179-188

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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    Searching for Truth in Fragmented Spaces: Chat Apps and Verification in News Production

    Agur, C. P. & Belair-Gagnon, V., 2019, Social Media and Journalism’s Search for Truth. Katz, J. E. (ed.). Oxford University Press

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Media capture with Chinese characteristics: Changing patterns in Hong Kong’s news media system

    Frisch, N., Belair-Gagnon, V. & Agur, C., Aug 2018, In : Journalism. 19, 8, p. 1165-1181 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • 6 Scopus citations
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    Fellowships, Honors, and Prizes

    Institute for Advanced Study Faculty Fellows, Fall 2017

    Agur, Colin P (Recipient), Hu Pegues, Juliana (Recipient), Jones, Will (Recipient), Cristina Ortiz (Recipient), Gutekunst Palacios, Lena C (Recipient) & Scheil, Katherine W (Recipient), Sep 2017

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively