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Edward Comor

FIMS & Nursing Building Room 4138
Phone: 519-661-2111 x81233

University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5B7
Fax: 519-661-3506

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.

Recent courses: Foundations of Global Communication; Interdisciplinary Foundations of Media Theory; Political Economy of Global Communication; Innis, McLuhan, and Medium Theory; The Culture of Consumption.

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.