Ph.D. Assistant Professor

I am a faculty member at the Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. My research examines contemporary mobile phone usage, the social and legal implications of mass mobile telephony, and the unanticipated consequences of network development. I tweet at @colinagur.

About Me

Mobile Payments, Emerging Media, Digital Education

My research looks at the complex role of mobile communication adoption and usage in everyday life, work, and business settings. More specifically, it argues that mobile communication research should consider the role of subversion and resilience in the adoption and negotiation processes of mobile media. My research also shows the complexity of mobile usage in work and business environments where norms and practices underlying such settings are being co-opted by users.

Since arriving at the Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Communication, I have taught three undergraduate courses (The Business of Digital Media, Digital Games and Society, and Mobile Communication), a graduate seminar (Theories and Issues in Digital Technology) and continued my research on mobile communication. 

I am also active at the International Communication Association (ICA). I am Past Chair of the Mobile Communication Interest Group, a network of 250 researchers around the world. I was also a past member of the ICA Board of Directors and the planning committees for the Prague (2018) and Washington, D.C. (2019) worldwide annual meetings.

I am an Affiliated Fellow at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project. And I completed my PhD in Communications at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. I was also a Tow Fellow at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism where I research chat apps in China and Hong Kong. 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.


Contact Me

206 Church Street SE

Minneapolis, MN 55455

cpagur [at] umn [dot] edu