Our Mission

The Center for Mobile Communication Studies (CMCS) is dedicated to a threefold mission when serving the College of Communication, all of Boston University, and a world increasingly dependent on emerging media. The center’s mission is to:

1. Deepen the College of Communication’s core focus on mediated communication. We do this by helping to advance our understanding of mobile communication’s role—and consequences—in society. Our activities dovetail with the college’s educational and research mission.

2. Serve as a resource for all of Boston University. The center aims to be a source of information and catalyst for research and engagement by faculty and students across the University. With the growing importance of mobile communication in all aspects of human interaction, CMCS is an ideal pivot point, bringing together faculty from many departments and institutes, including:

  • The departments within the College of Communication (Journalism; TV & Film; Mass Communication, Advertising & Public Relations)
  • Sociology
  • Anthropology
  • Psychological and Brain Sciences
  • Philosophy
  • International Relations
  • Computer Science
  • Political Science
  • School of Law
  • Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering

3.  Provide an international focal point for research and engagement. We are positioned to be a world hub of research, education, and service in the social, psychological, and organizational implications of the mobile communication revolution. We host international conferences and workshops. And we invite public and private organizations to contact us concerning research partnerships and consulting services.