A former journalist and speechwriter for the mayor of New Orleans, Ned is thrilled to return home to his alma mater at Tulane. Ned 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 teaches courses on environmental communication, 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). His book project, Clearing the Mud: the Unsung Agent in Louisiana's Environmental Tragedy, frames mud as a cultural analytic for the environmental and economic history of the Lower Mississippi River Delta. Ned is a Monroe Fellow at the New Orleans Center for Gulf South at Tulane and holds 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.