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Colin Agur is an Assistant Professor at the Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. At the International Communication Association (ICA), he is the Chair for the Mobile Communication Interest Group. He is also an Affiliated Fellow at Yale LAw School's Information Society Project. 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, and in the United States. 


In fall 2017, Agur will be in residence as a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) at the University of Minnesota and will not be teaching. In spring 2018, he will teach JOUR 1501 (Digital Games, Sims and Apps: Storytelling, Play and Commerce).

Education / Academic qualification

Columbia University

Columbia University

University of Alberta

University of Warwick

Yale University

External positions

Affiliated Fellow, Information Society Project, Yale University

Chair, Mobile Communication Interest Group, International Communication Association


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

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Research Output 2013 2018

Mobile sourcing: A case study of journalistic norms and usage of chat apps

Belair-Gagnon, V., Agur, C. & Frisch, N. Jan 1 2018 In : Mobile Media and Communication. 6, 1, p. 53-70 18 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

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Education and social media: Toward a digital future

Greenhow, C., Sonnevend, J. & Agur, C. Jan 1 2016 Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press. 258 p. (MacArthur Foundation Series on Digital Media and Learning)

Research output: ResearchBook

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