Ned Randolph, PhD, Department of Communication, University of California San Diego
Emphasis on Cultural Studies, Science Studies and Environmental History.
A former journalist and head writer/speechwriter for the mayor of New Orleans, Ned investigates intersections of power and the environment. His dissertation examines the troubled history of extraction in Louisiana’s coastal delta and how certain practices are naturalized through technical discourses upheld by the state’s political economy. Ned examines the ethical and social implications of maintaining what the state euphemistically calls its “working coast” with restoration projects funded by oil and gas revenues. Ned has developed a genealogy of extraction that explicates the role of science and technology in naturalizing industrial practices that have exhausted the region’s natural resources, while creating conditions for intervention that rationalizes those practices. Ned is a graduate of Tulane University and the University of California Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. He also holds a master’s in creative writing from Eastern Michigan University, where he began transitioning from journalism to teaching. He received his PhD at UC San Diego in December.