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Education and Social Media

How are widely popular social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram transforming how teachers teach, how kids learn, and the very foundations of education? What controversies surround the integration of social media in students' lives? The past decade has brought increased access to new media, and with this new opportunities and challenges for education. In this book, leading scholars from education, law, communications, sociology, and cultural studies explore the digital transformation now taking place in a variety of educational contexts. The contributors examine such topics as social media usage in schools, online youth communities, and distance learning in developing countries; the disruption of existing educational models of how knowledge is created and shared; privacy; accreditation; and the tension between the new ease of sharing and copyright laws. Case studies examine teaching media in K–12 schools and at universities; tuition-free, open education powered by social media, as practiced by the University of the People; new financial models for higher education; the benefits and challenges of MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses); social media and teacher education; and the civic and individual advantages of teens' participatory play.

Peer Reviewed Publications in Emerging Media, Mobile Communication and Digital Education

Journal Articles

Liu, Y. and Agur, C. (2022). “After All, They Don’t Know Me”: Exploring the Psychological Mechanisms of Toxic Behavior in Online Games. Games & Culture. In press.


Zaucha, T. and Agur, C. (2022). "Newly Minted: Non-fungible Tokens and the Commodification of Fandom." New Media & Society. Online First.


Lee, E., Abdollahi, M., and Agur, C. (2021). "Conceptualizing the Roles of Involvement and Immersion in Persuasive Games." Games and Culture 17(5): 703-720.

Agur, C. and Babones, S. (2021). "Mobile Netware, Social Graphs, and the Reconfiguration of Space." New Media & Society.


Agur, C. and Gan, L. (2021). "Partisan Inclination, and Emotions: An Analysis of Government Shutdown News Stories Shared on Twitter During Dec 2018 and Jan 2019." Social Media + Society.

Belair-Gagnon, V., Lewis, S., and Agur, C (2020). "Failure to Launch: Competing Institutional Logics, Intrapreneurship, and the Case of Chatbots," Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication.

Agur C and Frisch N (2019). “Digital Disobedience: Social Media Activism in Hong Kong’s 2014 Umbrella Movement,” Social Media + Society, 5(1).

Agur C (2019). “Insularized Connectedness: Mobile Chat Apps and News Production,” Media and Communication, 7(1): 179-188.

Michael G and Agur C (2018). “The Bully Pulpit, Social Media, and Public Opinion: A Big Data Approach,” Journal of Information Technology and Politics,15(3): 262-277.

Agur C (2018). “Re-Imagining the Indian State: External Forces and the Transformation of Telecommunications Policy, 1947-present,” Global Media and Communication, 14(1): 65-83.

Belair-Gagnon, Agur C, and Frisch N (2017). “Mobile Sourcing: A Case Study of Journalistic Norms and Usage of Chat Apps,” Mobile Media & Communication, 6(1): 53-70.

Frisch N, Belair-Gagnon V, and Agur C (2017).“Media Capture with Chinese Characteristics: Changing Patterns in Hong Kong’s News Media System,” Journalism, 19(8): 1165-1181.

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).

Agur C (2015). “Second Order Networks, Gambling, and Corruption on Indian Mobile Phone Networks,” Media, Culture & Society, 32(5): 768-783.

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): 1059-1075.

Agur C (2013). “Negotiated Order: The Fourth Amendment, Telephone Surveillance and Social Interactions, 1878-1968,” Information and Culture, 48(4): 419-447. Winner of the 2013 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.

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): 541-556.



Belair-Gagnon V, Agur C, and Frisch N (2016). “New Frontiers of Newsgathering: How Foreign Correspondents Use Chat Apps to Cover Political Unrest.” Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia University. PDF.

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. PDF.

Book Chapters


Agur, C. (2021). "Mobile Social Media, Activism, and Social Change: Reflecting on the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong." In Subramanian and Feslberger (eds), Mobile Technologies and Social Transformations. New York: Routledge.

Agur C and Belair-Gagnon V (2019). Searching for Truth in Fragmented Spaces: Chat Apps and Verification in News Production. In Katz (ed) Social Media and Journalism’s Search for Truth. Oxford University Press. In press. 

Agur C (2016). “ICTs and Education in Developing Countries: The Case Study of India.” In Greenhow, Sonnevend and Agur (eds., 2016), Education and Social Media: Toward a Digital Future. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

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. One of three winners of the 2015 Essay Writing Competition at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. PDF.


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. PDF.

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