Mark Olson

Office Hours: 
Mark Olson

Assistant Professor of the Practice of Art, Art History & Visual Studies

External Address: 
114 South Buchanan Blvd, A262a Smith Warehouse, Bay 10, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90766, Durham, NC 27708-0766
(919) 613-6726

Mark Olson is Assistant Professor of the Practice of Visual & Media Studies at Duke University. He teaches courses on media (new & old - theory, practice, & history) and medicine & visual culture. As a extension of his past work with the MacArthur Foundation's Digital Media & Learning Initiative, he collaborates on the development of a new interdisciplinary project that connects the study of the material culture of art history, architecture and archaeology with new media modes of representation and visualization. Olson is the former Director of New Media & Information Technologies for HASTAC (Humanties, Arts, Sciences & Technology Advanced Collaboratory) and the John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary & International Studies.

Preferred pronouns:  he, him, his


  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2009

Olson, M. J., E. Ennis, Z. M. Jones, P. Mangiafico, J. Rhee, M. Routh, J. Tarr, and B. Walters, eds. Electronic Techtonics: Thinking at the Interface. HASTAC, 2008. Open Access Copy

Olson, Mark, and Andrea Giordano. “Visualizing Venice: Developing a methodology for historical visualization.” In Visualizing Venice: Mapping and Modeling Time and Change in a City, edited by Kristin Huffman, Andrea Giordano, and Caroline Bruzelius, 20–25. London & New York: Routledge, 2017. Full Text

Olson, M. J. V. “Hacking the humanities: Twenty-first-century literacies and the ‘becoming-other’ of the humanities.” In Humanities in the Twenty-First Century: Beyond Utility and Markets, 237–50, 2013. Full Text

Olson, M. “’Everybody Loves Our Town’: Scenes, Spatiality, Migrancy.” In Mapping the Beat: Popular Music and Contemporary Theory, edited by T. Swiss, J. Sloop, and A. Herman, 269–89. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 1998.

Olson, M., and J. Sloop. “A Politics of Meaning in Rhetorical Studies.” In At the Intersection: Cultural Studies and Rhetorical Studies, edited by T. Rosteck, 248–65. New York: Guilford Press, 1998.

Lanzoni, K., M. Olson, and V. Szabo. “Wired! and Visualizing Venice: Scaling up Digital Art History.” Artl@S Bulletin 4, no. 1 (2015): 20–39.

Jaskot, Paul, Hannah Jacobs, Victoria Szabo, Mark Olson, and Edward Triplett. “Shaping the Discipline of Digital Art History: A recap of an advanced summer institute on 3-D and (geo)spatial networks.” The Iris: Behind the Scenes at the Getty, December 19, 2018.

Selected Grants

Virtual and Augmented Reality for Digital Humanities Institute (VARDHI) awarded by National Endowment for the Humanities (Speaker). 2017 to 2020

Wired Lab for Digital Art History & Visual Culture Project Coordinator awarded by National Humanities Center (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2019