Caroline Gerdes is a National Geographic Explorer who conducted an oral history project about the Hurricane Katrina-affected New Orleans Ninth Ward neighborhood. As a New Orleans native, with roots in the Ninth Ward, this was a passion project for Gerdes. During her fieldwork, she wrote for National Geographic’s Voices and Intelligent Travel blogs. Gerdes has continued to document New Orleans food, culture, celebrations and history for various National Geographic outlets and contributed an article about Katrina’s tenth anniversary to National Geographic magazine online. Her oral history work has been donated to multiple Louisiana museums and she has presented her research at National Geographic Headquarters and Columbia University. Gerdes has been interviewed about her New Orleans (and Louisiana) expertise on National Geographic Radio, National Geographic Traveler online, National Geographic Traveler Netherlands, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans), The Advocate (Baton Rouge) and her work has been quoted in The Atlantic online.

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