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Thomas Patrick Pringle, Tulane University School of Liberal Arts

Thomas Patrick Pringle

Assistant Professor of Communication and Environmental Studies


Thomas Patrick Pringle researches the relationship between media technology, culture, and the environment. He focuses on historical case studies that show how the production and circulation of documentary and digital media participates in political contests of ecological knowledge, especially instances shaped by considerations of risk, inequality, and state violence. Pringle’s book in progress, The Climate Proxy, develops this approach by analyzing the mediation of climate crises like wildfires and droughts in the United States, Canada, and South Africa. Looking to how communities and institutions use digital media to depict these crises, the book explains how a climate comes to be known as an economic, security, or health risk. This work reflects Pringle’s interest in the historical relationships between capitalism, empire, and what counts as an environment in a given place and time.

Selected Publications:

Machine. Co-authored with Gertrud Koch and Bernard Stiegler. Lüneburg, Germany and Minneapolis, USA: Meson Press and University of Minnesota Press, 2019.

“Photographed by the Earth: War and media in light of nuclear events.” NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2014, 131-154:

“The Tech Ecosystem and the Colony.” Heliotrope. Environmental Media Lab. 12 May 2021: