Mark Olson

Office Hours: 

Mondays, 4 - 5 PM and by appointment

The Cordelia and William Laverack Family Assistant Professor 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 Cordelia and William Laverack Family Assistant Professor of Art, Art History & Visual 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.


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

Electronic Techtonics: Thinking at the Interface. Edited by MJ Olson, E Ennis, ZM Jones, P Mangiafico, J Rhee, M Routh, J Tarr, and B Walters. HASTAC, 2008. (Edited Book) Open Access Copy

Olson, MJV. "Hacking the Humanities: 21st Century Literacies and the ’Becoming-Other’ of the Humanities." In Humanities in the 21st Century: Beyond Utility and Markets,edited by E Belfiore and A Upchurch, 237-250. Palgrave Macmillan, July 2013. Full Text

Olson, MJV. "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, 237-250. January 1, 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 – 289-269 – 289. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 1998.

Olson, M, and Sloop, J. "A Politics of Meaning in Rhetorical Studies." In At the Intersection: Cultural Studies and Rhetorical Studies,edited by T Rosteck, 248 – 265-248 – 265. New York: Guilford Press, 1998.

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

Selected Grants

Virtual and Augmented Reality for Digital Humanities Institute (VARDHI) awarded by National Endowment for the Humanities (Speaker). 2017 to 2019