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Edward Prutzer

Edward Prutzer, Postdoctoral Associate

Edward Prutzer, Postdoctoral Associate
Edward Prutzer, Postdoctoral Associate

Department of Sociology
McBryde Hall
225 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Edward Prutzer is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Sociology at Virginia Tech. Edward earned his PhD in Communications and Media from the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He currently works with the NSF-funded Responsible Innovation in Precision Agriculture project, focusing on inclusion practices within responsible innovation projects that focus on sustainability. His broader research focuses on how publics and researchers convene, deliberate, and collaborate on environmental and disaster management projects, particularly via crowdsourcing platforms and digital mapping technologies. 

  • Media Studies
  • Online Communities
  • Open Source Collaboration
  • Responsible Innovation and Sustainability
  • Science and Technology Studies (STS)
  • Ph.D. in Communications and Media, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.A. in Communication, Culture and Technology, Georgetown University
  • B.A. in English and American Studies, University of Maryland, College Park
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent, Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2016
  • Service Award, Department of American Studies, University of Maryland, College Park, 2011
Journal Articles
  • “Mapping Pedagogies: Applying Cartographic Practice to the Public Sphere,” Learning, Media and Technology, 2022.
  • “Examining Amsterdam RealTime: Blueprints, the Cartographic Imaginary, and the Locative Uncanny,” InVisible Culture, 2015.
  • “Google Infrastructure and Geolocative Representation,” Media-N, 2013.

Book Chapters

  • “The Mapping Crowd: Macrotask Crowdsourcing in Disaster Response,” in Macrotask Crowdsourcing: Engaging the Crowds to Address Complex Problems, ed. Javed Khan, Ioanna Lykourentzou, Konstantinos Papangelis, and Panos Markopoulos (Springer), 2019.
  • “Memory, Media, Nostalgia, and Grief: The Role of Online Images in Mediating Memory and Emotion,” in Emotions, Technology, and Health, ed. Sharon Tettegah and Yolanda E. Garcia (Elsevier), 2016.
  • Research Assistantship, “Collaborative Innovation and the Global Midwest: Inter-disciplinary Design and Envisioning Prairie Futures,” Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded Humanities Without Walls collaborative project, 2016-2018
  • INTERSECT Fellowship, Graduate College, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013-2015