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Environmental Soicology


Anthony E. Ladd is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. and a former Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Sociology and the Environmental Studies Program at Loyola University New Orleans. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology from the University of Tennessee and his B.S. in sociology from Ball State University. Dr. Ladd has taught at the University of North Georgia, the University of Tennessee, Carson-Newman College, and has served as a Visiting Professor at Duke University, Oregon State University, and Mississippi State University. He has also given invited research lectures at the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Oklahoma State University, Villanova University, the University of South Florida, College of the Holy Cross, UMass-Lowell, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, the University of Indianapolis, West Virginia Tech, and is a former president of the Association for Humanist Sociology (AHS).

Dr. Ladd is an environmental sociologist whose major area of research centers on the impacts of energy-driven environmental controversies and technological disasters on communities. He is the author of the edited volume, Fractured Communities: Risk, Impacts, and Protest Against Hydraulic Fracking in U.S. Shale Regions (Rutgers University Press, 2018) and has published over 50 articles, chapters, and reviews in such venues as Sociological Inquiry, Social Currents, Sociological Spectrum, American Behavioral Scientist, Human Ecology Review, Journal of Rural Social Sciences, Humanity and Society, Journal of Public Management and Social Policy, and Social Justice. His most recent published research analyzes the environmental frame disputes and differential impacts of natural gas fracking in the Haynesville Shale region of Louisiana, the growing socio-environmental threats posed by our continued reliance on fossil fuels and unconventional energy development, and the growth of “Frackademia” and the influx of corporate oil and gas funding into higher education. He also recently served on the advisory board for an NSF grant on fracking wastewater induced seismicity in Colorado and Oklahoma. Dr. Ladd resides in Carrboro, NC with his wife, Dr. Kathleen Fitzgerald (also a faculty member in the Department of Sociology at UNC-Chapel Hill), and enjoys reading, politics, jazz and blues, hiking, biking, animals, and environmental activism.

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