Olivia Campbell started writing as a young girl - mysteries fashioned after her beloved Nancy Drew. As a teen, her passion for ballet saw her train to become a professional dancer. A broken foot prompted Campbell's pivot to arts journalism. In college, an unplanned pregnancy, complicated birth, and postpartum depression turned her writing interest from the arts to medicine.
Now, she is an independent journalist, essayist, and author focusing on the intersections of medicine, women, history, and nature. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Atlantic, New York Magazine/The Cut, The Washington Post, The Guardian, SELF, Aeon, Scientific American, Smithsonian Magazine, Literary Hub, Good Housekeeping, Catapult, Parents, and Undark, among others. (See Portfolio.)
Her first book, the nonfiction title WOMEN IN WHITE COATS: HOW THE FIRST WOMEN DOCTORS CHANGED THE WORLD OF MEDICINE, is coming March 2021 from HarperCollins/Park Row Books.
Campbell holds a master’s degree in science writing from Johns Hopkins University and an undergraduate degree in journalism from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a member of the National Association of Science Writers. Campbell lives in the Philadelphia suburbs along with her husband, three sons, and cat.