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A former journalist and speechwriter for the mayor of New Orleans, Ned Randolph investigates intersections of power, social justice, and the environment, particularly in the Gulf South. He received his PhD in Communication from the University of California San Diego and is visiting assistant professor of Communication and English at Tulane, where he teaches environmental writing, media industries, political communication, and journalism. His research was named 2020 Dissertation of the Year by the American Studies Division of the National Communication Association (NCA). At A Studio in the Woods, he will be working on his book project, Muddy Thinking in the Anthropocene, which proposes a framework of “Muddy Thinking” to recast and denaturalize the extractive effects of Modernity on Louisiana’s disappearing coast. Ned is a Monroe Fellow at the New Orleans Center for Gulf South at Tulane and received master’s degrees from the Graduate School of Journalism at University of California Berkeley and in creative writing from Eastern Michigan University. He is also a governing board member of the Cultural Studies Association.