Olivia Badoi, Ph.D. is a scholar and researcher who specializes in visual and literary modernism.
She completed her Ph.D. in English at Fordham University, in New York City, and also has degrees in English literature and American Studies from universities in Poland and Romania.
She is currently working on her first book, Arboreal Modernism and the Woodcut Novel, an ecocritical examination of the woodcut novel, a type of wordless book that was widely popular in both Europe and the United States throughout the first half of the twentieth century. The book proposes an original framework of “arboreal modernism” to illuminate how artists used nonhuman networks such as trees and forests as a model for interconnectivity and a corrective for our own broken social system. Crafted out of wood, with pages densely populated with trees, the woodcut novel embodies a living relation between nature and culture. Dr. Badoi’s research has been supported by prestigious fellowships from Princeton University and the Library of Congress, among others.
For the past decade, Dr. Badoi has taught courses in literary and cultural studies (such as “Modernist Women Writers and the City,” “Visual Narrative as Literature,” “Introduction to College Writing”) at various institutions across Europe and the United States.