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 619: Histories of New Media
  • CMN 619W: Histories of New Media
  • CMN 696: Sem/Histories of the New Media
  • CMN 719: Surveillance and Society
  • CMN 772: Seminar in Media Theory

Selected Publications

Lauer, J. (n.d.). The telephone answering machine: Mediated presence and the participatory condition. New Media & Society, 146144482311593. doi:10.1177/14614448231159350

Lauer, J. (2022). Credit Reporting and the History of Commercial Surveillance in America. In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History. Oxford University Press. Retrieved from

Lauer, J. (2021). Surveilling. In A. Blair, P. Duguid, A. -S. Goeing, & A. Grafton (Eds.), Information: A Historical Companion (pp. 790-795). Princeton University Press.

Lauer, J., & Lipartito, K. (2021). Surveillance Capitalism in America. University of Pennsylvania Press.

Lauer, J. (2020). Plastic surveillance: Payment cards and the history of transactional data, 1888 to present. BIG DATA & SOCIETY, 7(1). doi:10.1177/2053951720907632

Lauer, J. (2019). The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America. AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW, 124(3), 1019-1021. doi:10.1093/ahr/rhz413

Lauer, J., & Lauer, J. (2017). Creditworthy A History of Consumer Surveillance and Financial Identity in America Introduction. Retrieved from

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