Gund Affiliate, Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Sociology at Virginia Tech

Edward Prutzer is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Sociology at Virginia Tech. He 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. His research focuses on how publics and researchers convene, deliberate, and collaborate on environmental and disaster management projects. His work has been published in various edited collections and peer-reviewed journals, including Learning, Media and Technology, Macrotask Crowdsourcing: Engaging the Crowds to Address Complex Problems; Emotions, Technology, and Health; InVisible Culture; and Media-N.

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Media studies, online communities, open source collaboration, responsible invotation and sustainability, science and technology studies (STS)


  • PhD in Communications and Media, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • MA in Communication, Culture and Technology, Georgetown University
  • BA in English and American Studies, University of Maryland, College Park