Josh Lauer

Josh Lauer

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

Courses Taught

  • CMN 455: Introduction to Media Studies
  • CMN 519: Advertisng as Social Communctn
  • CMN 529: Honors/Capitalism&Surveillance
  • CMN 619: Histories of New Media
  • CMN 619W: Histories of New Media
  • CMN 696W: Sem Media Studies/Mobile Media
  • CMN 719: Surveillance and Society


  • 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

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