Josh Lauer

Phone: (603) 862-3037
Office: Communication, Horton Social Science Center Rm 127, Durham, NH 03824
Josh Lauer


  • Ph.D., Communication, University of Pennsylvania
  • M.A., Communication, University of Pennsylvania
  • M.L.I.S., University of Pittsburgh
  • B.A., History, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests

  • Big Data
  • Communication technology
  • Consumer and financial culture
  • Cultural History
  • Finance
  • History of Science & Technology
  • Media history and theory
  • Privacy
  • Surveillance

Courses Taught

  • CMN 455: Introduction to Media Studies
  • CMN 519: Advertisng as Social Communctn
  • CMN 596: Spc Top/Media Studies
  • CMN 619: Histories of New Media
  • CMN 619W: Histories of New Media
  • CMN 696: Sem/Histories of the New Media
  • CMN 696W: Sem/Histories of New Media
  • CMN 719: Surveillance and Society
  • CMN 772: Sem/Surveillance & Society

Selected Publications

Lauer, J. (2017). Creditworthy: A History of Consumer Surveillance and Financial Identity in America. Columbia University Press.

Lauer, J. (2016). The End of Judgment: Consumer Credit Scoring and Managerial Resistance to the Black Boxing of Creditworthiness. In D. Raff, & P. Scranton (Eds.), The Emergence of Routines: Entrepreneurship, Organization, and Business History (pp. 269-287). Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.

Lauer, J. (2012). Surveillance history and the history of new media: An evidential paradigm. New Media & Society, 14(4), 566-582. doi:10.1177/1461444811420986