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Edward Comor

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Phone: 519-661-2111 x81233

University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5B7
Fax: 519-661-3506
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My research focuses on the political economy of communication and culture. My PhD is in Political Science (York University 1995) and previously I taught at American University's School of International Service (Washington, DC) and the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough University (UK). Among other contributions, I was the Co-Founder and Inaugural Chair of the International Communication Section of the International Studies Association.

Peer reviewed books:

Editor (with Robert E. Babe), Harold A. Innis, Political Economy in the Modern State. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2018. 427pp.

Editor, Media, Structures, and Power: The Robert E. Babe Collection. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011. 436 pp.

Author, Consumption and the Globalization Project: International Hegemony and the Annihilation of Time. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan Press, 2008. 211 pp.

Author, Communication, Commerce and Power: The Political Economy of America and the Direct Broadcast Satellite, 1960-2000. Basingstoke and New York: Macmillan and St. Martin's Press, 1998. 253 pp.

Editor, The Global Political Economy of Communication: Hegemony, Telecommunication and the Information Economy. Basingstoke and New York: Macmillan and St. Martin's Press, 1994 (re-published in pb 1996). 193 pp.

Recent articles in Peer Reviewed Journals:

‘Technological Fetishism and US Foreign Policy: a speculative paper on the mediating role of digital ICTs’ in The Political Economy of Communication. Vol. 5 No. 2 (December 2017), pp. 3-21.

‘Data-Driven Public Diplomacy: A Critical and Reflexive Assessment’ (co-authored with Hamilton Bean) in All Azimuth: Journal of Foreign Policy and Peace. Vol. 7 No. 1 (December 2017), pp. 5-20.

‘Journalistic Labour and Technological Fetishism’(co-authored with James R. Compton) in The Political Economy of Communication Vol.3 No.2 (2015), pp. 74-87.

‘Marx’s Value Theory: a Critical Response to Analyses of Digital Prosumption’ in The Information Society Vol.31 No.1 (January 2015), pp. 13-19.

‘McLuhan and World Affairs’ in Journal of Visual Culture Vol.13. No.1 (April 2014), pp. 39-41.

‘Digital Engagement: America’s Use (and Misuse) of Marshall McLuhan’ in New Political Science Vol.35 No.1 (March 2013), pp. 1-18.

‘America’s “Engagement” Delusion: Critiquing a Public Diplomacy Consensus’ (co-authored with Hamilton Bean) in International Communication Gazette Vol.74 No.3 (April 2012), pp. 203-220.

‘Contextualizing and Critiquing the Fantastic Prosumer: Power, Alienation and Hegemony’ in Critical Sociology Vol.37 Iss.3 (May 2011), pp. 309-327.

Other articles in Canadian Journal of Communication; Information, Communication & Society; Global Governance; International Studies Quarterly; Journal of Canadian Studies; Journal of Economic Issues; Prometheus, Critical Studies in Innovation; Topia, Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies.

Selected publications:

'Introduction to Political Economy in the Modern State' and 'Chapter Introductions' (co-authored with Robert E. Babe) in Harold A. Innis, Political Economy in the Modern State. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (2018), pp. IX-XCV.

‘Ubiquitous media and monopolies of knowledge: the approach of Harold Innis’ in Michael Daubs and Vincent Manzerolle (eds.), From Here to Ubiquity: Critical and International Perspectives on Mobile and Ubiquitous Media. (New York: Peter Lang, 2018), pp. 183-200.

‘Value, the Audience Commodity and Digital Prosumption: A Plea for Precision’ in Lee McGuigan and Vincent Manzerolle (eds.), The Audience Commodity in a Digital Age (New York: Peter Lang 2014), pp. 245-65.

‘Keeping the Portals Open’ (co-authored with Robert E. Babe) in Robert E. Babe, Cultural Studies and Political Economy (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2008), pp. 175-193.

‘Harold Innis and the Bias of Communication’ in Christopher May (ed.), Key Thinkers for the Information Society (London: Routledge, 2002), pp. 87-108.

‘New Technologies and Consumption: Contradictions in the Emerging World Order’ in James Rosenau and J.P. Singh (eds.), Information Technologies and Global Politics: The Changing Scope of Power and Governance (Albany: State of New York University Press, 2002), pp. 169-85.

‘Media Corporations in the Age of Globalization’ in William Gudykunst and Bella Mody (eds.), Handbook of International and Intercultural Communication, Second Edition (London: Sage, 2001), pp. 309-23.

‘Governance and the Nation-State in a Knowledge-Based Political Economy’ in Timothy J. Sinclair and Martin Hewson (eds.), Approaches to Global Governance Theory (Albany: State of New York University Press, 1999), pp. 117-34.

‘The Re-Tooling of American Hegemony: U.S. Foreign Communication Policy from Free Flow to Free Trade’ in J.O. Boyd-Barrett, A. Sreberny-Mohammadi, D. Winseck and M.J. McKenna (eds.), Media in Global Context (London: Edward Arnold, 1997), pp. 194-206.

‘Hegemony’ for International Encyclopedia of Political Communication (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2015), pp. 463-470.


Foundations of Global Communication
Global Political Economy of Communication
The Culture of Consumption
Innis, McLuhan, and Medium Theory
Environment, Animals, and Communications


Interdisciplinary Foundations of Media Theory
Political Economy of Global Communication