Ned RandolphNed Randolph

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My overarching research interests include issues of power and social justice in the production of nature and urban spaces. My qualification project explores the Mississippi River’s role in the production of New Orleans and race in southeastern Louisiana. I look at the tension between the discursive and material construction of the river as an engine for wetland restoration and a site for public investment in Coastal Louisiana. I am also interested in how cultural imaginaries of the state, city and river are deployed to uphold unequal racial and social regimes of power, which are disrupted in times of infrastructural breakdown. I plan to qualify for candidacy in 2016.

I hold a master’s degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA in English literature from Tulane University. I was the head writer and speechwriter for the Mayor of New Orleans for three years and spent several years reporting for newspapers and wire services. I began teaching as an English instructor at Eastern Michigan University where I earned a master’s degree in creative writing in 2012.


PhD Student, 2013-present, Department of Communication Studies, University of California, San Diego

MA, 2012, Creative Writing, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI

MA, 2002, Graduate School of Journalism, University of California,  Berkeley

BA, 1993, English with a minor in Economics, College of Arts & Sciences, Tulane University, New Orleans


Rhetoric and Composition, Eastern Michigan University, 2011–2012

Rhetoric and Composition, Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor MI, 2013

TA Experience:

University of California, San Diego:

Introduction to Urban Planning: Winter 2016

The Film Industry: Winter 2016

Communication and Social Formations: Summer 2014

Communication and Situated Practices: Fall 2014

Communication and Interpretive Strategies: Winter 2014, Fall 2015

History of Communication Research: Spring 2015

Eastern Michigan University:

Literature and Imaginary Worlds, Fall 2010

Guest Lectures:

“The economy of surveillance: The Work of Being Watched,” UCSD, Summer 2014

“The Production of News as a situated Practice,” UCSD, Fall 2015

Academic Service:

Graduate Student Representative, Communication Faculty Search Committee, 2015

Graduate Student Representative, CommPlayground, 2015

Publications & Presentations

Conference Papers and Presentations:

“Laboring the Mississippi River,” presented at (dis)junctions: 2015, Strange Bedfellows, University of California Riverside English Graduate Conference, 2015.

“Disabled Subjectivities,” presented at Gods and Monsters, San Francisco State History Students Association, 2015.

“Seen from Space,” presented at Frontiers & Borders, English Graduate Student Conference at Oklahoma State University 2012, and at: Eastern Michigan Graduate Student Showcase 2012.

“(No) Evidence of Disease,” presented at Disquiet Literary Conference, Lisbon, Portugal 2012.

“Dog Days of Summer and Urban Collapse,” presented at: Creative Writing Graduate Showcase, Eastern Michigan, Ypsilanti, MI 2012.

“Blank Steps: Walking the Detroit Riot,” presented at Temporal Arts Collective, Ypsilanti, MI 2012.

Selected Literary Publications:

Writers Ink AnthologyRed Clay Review, Specter, Platte Valley Review, River Poets Journal   


UCSD Communication Department, travel research grant, Summer 2015.

UCSD, Graduate Fellow, 2013-2014

Disquiet Literary Workshop, Funded Participant to Lisbon, Portugal, 2012.

Eastern Michigan University, Graduate Assistantship, 2010-2012.

UC Berkeley, Asian Studies scholarship for travel expenses to Hong Kong, 2001.

Graduate Opportunity Fellowship, Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley, 2000-2001

PhD. Students