Ned Randolph

Ned Randolph, PhD, Department of Communication, University of California San Diego

Emphasis on Cultural Studies, Political Ecology and Environmental Humanities.

Ned Randolph is a visiting assistant professor in Tulane University's Department of Communication and Environmental Studies Program. A former journalist and speechwriter for the mayor of New Orleans, Ned investigates intersections of power, social justice, and the environment, particularly in the Gulf South. He sees the environment as a field through which power is exercised. Ned received his PhD in Communication from the University of California San Diego. He teaches courses on political and environmental communication, cultural studies, and the public sphere. Ned received the Dissertation of the Year Award from the American Studies Division of the National Communication Association. He has a published article in Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies and won the Randy Martin Prize for best student paper at the 2018 Cultural Studies Association Conference that was subsequently published in Lateral: Journal of the Cultural Studies Association. He is also dedicated to public scholarship. He recently co-authored a column on teaching environmental studies at the edge of a disappearing coast for Inside Higher Ed and has written essays on the environment and fossil fuels for Society and Space Magazine, DeSmog, and The Lens. He is currently working on a book entitled, Clearing the Mud: the Unsung Agent in Louisiana's Environmental Tragedy, which frames mud as a material and cultural analytic for the environmental and economic history of the Lower Mississippi River Delta. Ned is a Monroe Fellow at the Center for Gulf South and member of the Gulf South Anthropocene working group. An undergraduate of Tulane University, Ned received master’s degrees in journalism from the University of California Berkeley and in creative writing from Eastern Michigan University. He is also a governing board member of the Cultural Studies Association.