Brendan O'Donnell

PhD Student

Brendan O’Donnell joins the Department of Art as a first year PhD student working with Christa Robbins and Douglas Fordham. His research focuses on art and artistic practice in and of the Arctic. Prior to his arrival in Charlottesville, Brendan studied comparative literary theory and philosophy at Freie Universität in Berlin, Ca’ Foscari in Venice, and the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. Having worked several years in the non-profit sector on the intersection of community and nature, he has presented his research across Europe and the United States on topics such as circular economy, urban development, Arctic identity, and the genealogies of cities.