Associate Professor of Telecommunications
Indiana University, Bloomington
|Edward Castronova (PhD, Economics, Wisconsin, 1991) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Telecommunications at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is the founder of scholarly virtual world studies and an expert on the economies of large-scale online games. Professor Castronova teaches courses on the design of games, the virtual world industry, and the management of synthetic societies. He has created two virtual worlds: Arden, a small-scale replica of a Shakespearean virtual world, and Greenland, a large-scale stone age society. Outside his academic work, Professor Castronova makes regular appearances in mainstream media, gives keynotes at major conferences, and consults for business. Among his numerous academic publications on these topics are two books: "Synthetic Worlds" and "Exodus to the Virtual World". Professor Castronova’s longer-term goals are to develop virtual worlds for studying human society at the macro scale. While many of today’s problems exist the large scale (terror, disease, global warming, poverty), social scientists do not have a tool at that scale for doing simple controlled experiments. Virtual worlds may be that tool.|
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