Dr. Lynn Badia is Assistant Professor of English at Colorado State University. She is a Research Lead at CSU's Energy Institute, where she leads the education abroad program "Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Energy Transitions in Europe." In 2015, Badia was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge, as part of the Climate Histories Research Group at CRASSH Cambridge and Cambridge Interdisciplinary Research on the Environment. Recently, she was a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow (2015-2017) and the Canada Research Chair in Cultural Studies Postdoctoral Fellow (2014-2015) at the University of Alberta.
Badia's research in literature, theory, and film is focused on questions about scientific knowledge and the natural world from the nineteenth century to the present day, and she combines work in the fields of the history and philosophy of science, literary studies, and cultural studies. Her work is published by and forthcoming from a range interdisciplinary venues, such as American Quarterly, Cultural Studies, Resilience: A Journal of Environmental Humanities, Open Library of the Humanities, and Nineteenth-Century Contexts among others. She is currently completing her second monograph, Imagining Free Energy: Fantasies, Utopias, and Critiques of America, which introduces the concept of "free" or unlimited energy as a critical framework for understanding the conditions of American society since the beginning of the industrial era. Additionally, she co-wrote and edited the dual publication project Climate Realism: The Aesthetics of Weather, Climate, and Atmosphere.
Badia is a co-organizer of and/or contributor to several research initiatives in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. She is a member of the Petrocultures Research Cluster at the University of Alberta and a co-organizer of the six-year, interdisciplinary research initiative After Oil: Explorations and Experiments in the Future of Energy, Culture and Society. She contributes to the Climate Histories Research Group at the University of Cambridge, and she attended the 2015 UN Climate Convention in Paris as part of this group. In the U.S., Badia is a contributor to the Society for the Study of Biopolitical Futures.
Before her graduate training, Badia was a documentary film producer in New York City. She was an Associate Producer for the six-hour PBS series, Broadway: The American Musical, which won two Emmy Awards including “Outstanding Nonfiction Series” in 2004.
Assistant Professor, Colorado State University (Fall 2017 - Present)
Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Literature and Environmental Humanities
University of Chicago Society of Fellows (2017, Declined)
Collegiate Assistant Professor, Harper-Schmidt Fellow, University of Chicago
Banting Postdoctoral Fellow (2015-17)
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Government of Canada
Visiting Scholar, University of Cambridge (Fall 2015)
Cambridge Interdisciplinary Research on the Environment (CIRE), and
Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH Cambridge)
Canada Research Chair in Cultural Studies Postdoctoral Fellow (2014-15)
Department of English and Film Studies, University of Alberta
Ph.D. English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (August 2014)
Graduate Certificate: History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine (2014)
Duke University, Department of Philosophy
Graduate Certificate: Cultural Studies (2014)
UNC-Chapel Hill, Department of Communication
M.A. American Literature.. UNC-Chapel Hill (2009)
B.A. Pomona College, Cum Laude, English Major, Philosophy Minor (1999)