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Anthony E. Ladd, Ph.D.


Anthony E. Ladd, Ph.D.
Anthony E. Ladd, Ph.D.

Dr. Anthony E. Ladd


Professor of Sociology

Department of Sociology/The Environment Program

Loyola University New Orleans           



           Anthony E. Ladd is a Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and The Environment Program and a former 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. He has taught at the University of North Georgia, the University of Tennessee, and 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, the University of Indianapolis, West Virginia Tech, and is a former president of the Association for Humanist Sociology (AHS).

           Dr. Ladd’s 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, 2017) 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, as well as the growing socio-environmental threats posed by our continued reliance on fossil fuels and unconventional energy development. He is currently serving on the advisory board for an NSF grant on wastewater induced seismicity in Colorado and Oklahoma, and is researching the growth of “Frackademia” and the influx of corporate oil and gas funding into higher education.


Ph.D., University of Tennessee, 1981; M.A., University of Tennessee, 1978; B.S., Ball State University, 1976

Classes Taught

  • Environmental Sociology
  • Global Environmental Crisis
  • Sociology of Disaster
  • Planet Earth Blues
  • The Sixties
  • U.S. Civil Rights Movement
  • Social Problems

Areas of Expertise

Impacts of environmental controversies on communities and the emergence of grassroots protest movements as a response to environmental degradation.