Literature of the Sea
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MAST/ENVI 263 The Global Ocean: An Interdisciplinary Introduction (Fall)
Undergraduate Institution: Whitman College, English
Graduate Institution: University of Washington, English
Research Areas: English, ecocriticism, global Anglophone literature
Ned’s scholarly background is in English, and his work examines literary efforts to describe the experience of water’s flow and circulation, arguing that figurative language and narrative structures play an increasingly important role in understanding water across space and time. More specifically, he considers literary water from a range of cultural and geographic perspectives to showcase the ways unique and collective experiences of water shape the communities who encounter it. This work draws on his broader work in Ecocriticism and Global Anglophone Literature.
Ned received his PhD in English from the University of Washington, where he taught for the English and Environmental Studies departments, as well as for the Friday Harbor Laboratories Field Station in the San Juan Islands. He earned his BA in English from Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA. Before arriving at Williams, Ned was a Visiting Assistant Professor of English and Global Studies at Pacific Lutheran University, and served as the Seedbox Postdoctoral Fellow, a collaboration between the University of Texas at Arlington, and Linköping University, Sweden, examining the role of the humanities in understanding and approaching complex environmental problems.