Olson, Christopher

Teaching Assistant-Doctoral
English

Plan: Media, Cinema and Digital Studies - PhD

Achieved Degree(s):
MA, Media and Cinema Studies, DePaul University, 2014
BA, Film Studies, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, 2006

Selected Publication(s):
Johnson, M. A. & Olson C. J. (Eds.) (In process). Mental Health and Neurodiversity in Entertainment Media: Quieting the Madness. New York, NY: Routledge.

Olson, C. J. (In Process). “Blondie’s Odyssey: The Homeric Journey Narrative and the Deconstruction of American Mythmaking in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.” In S. Matheson (Ed.) Westerns and the Classical World. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Publishing.

Olson, C. J. & Reinhard, C. D. (2019) 100 Greatest Cult TV Shows. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Olson, C. J. (2019) “‘An Unadulterated Cultural Expressway for the Arts’: Exploring the Theoretical Possibilities of byNWR.com.” The Popular Culture Studies Journal, Vol. 7, No. 2, online.

Reinhard, C. D. & Olson, C. J. (Eds.) (2019). Convergent Wrestling: Participatory Culture, Transmedia Storytelling, and Intertextuality in the Squared Circle. New York, NY: Routledge.

Reinhard, C. D., Castleberry, G., Foy, M. & Olson, C. J. (2018). “Introduction: Why Professional Wrestling Studies Now? Legitimizing a Field of Interdisciplinary Study.” The Popular Culture Studies Journal, Vol. 6, No. 1, online.

Olson, C. J. (2018). “Twitter, Facebook, and Professional Wrestling: Indie Wrestler Perspectives on the Importance of Social Media.” The Popular Culture Studies Journal, Vol. 6, No. 1, online.

Olson, C. J. (2018). 100 Greatest Cult Films. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Reinhard, C. D. & Olson, C. J. (Eds.) (2017). Heroes, Heroines and Everything in Between: Challenging Gender and Sexuality Stereotypes in Children’s Entertainment Media. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Olson, C. J. (2016). “Shakespeare, Didgeridoos, and Samurai Cowboys: Remixing National and Cultural Identities in Sukiyaki Western Django.” The Popular Culture Studies Journal, Vol. 4, No. 1&2, online.

Olson, C. J. & Reinhard, C. D. (2016). Possessed Women, Haunted States: Cultural Tensions in Exorcism Films. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Reinhard, C. D. & Olson, C. J. (Eds.) (2016). Making Sense of Cinema: Empirical Studies into Film Spectators and Spectatorship. New York, NY: Bloomsbury Publishing.

Interests:
Cult cinema
Cult television
Professional wrestling
Masculinity studies
Transnational/transcultural cinema

Academic Award(s):
2017: Chancellor’s Award, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
2016: Fred E. H. Schroeder Paper Award, Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
2013: Merit Scholarship, Media and Cinema Studies, DePaul University

Conference Presentation(s):
Olson, C. J. (2019, October). “‘If We’re Kind and Polite, the World Will be Right’: Paddington 2 and the Politics of Niceness in the Age of Brexit and Trump.” Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Reinhard, C. D. & Olson, C. J. (2019, May). “Wrestling With Political Personas: Examining Sami Zayn and Joey Ryan as Social Media Activists.” International Communication Association, Washington, DC.

Olson, C. J. (2019, April). “An Unadulterated Cultural Expressway for the Arts”: Exploring the Theoretical Possibilities of byNWR.com.” Midwest Conference on Literature, Language, and Media Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois.

Olson, C. J. (2018, October). “The Lucha Underground Remix: Transnationalism and Hybridity in a Serialized Wrestling Show.” Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Reinhard, C. D. & Olson, C. J. (2018, May). “When Is a Work Not a Work for Professional Wrestlers?: Negotiating Kayfabe, Brand, and Bookings on Social Media.” International Communication Association, Prague, Czech Republic.

Olson, C. J. (2018, April). “The Residents of the Land of Ooo: Gender Fluidity and Transgression in Children’s Entertainment.” Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Olson, C. J. & Ibarra, R. L. (2018, March). “Who is the ‘Baddest Bitch in the Building?’: Genre Convergence and the Inversion of Gender Roles in Lucha Underground.” The Tenth Annual Joint Gender & Women’s Studies Conference, River Forest, Illinois.

Reinhard, C. D., Olson, C. J., Tiffe, R., Hoffmann, M., & Turner, M. (2017, March). “Podcasts as Public Intellectualism, Scholarship, and Engagement.” Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Olson, C. J. & Reinhard, C.D. (2016, October). “Gendering Hatsune Miku: Networked Gender and the Co-construction of Identity for Vocaloids.” Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender, Oak Park, Illinois.

Olson, C. J. (2016, October). “Wrestlers Negotiating Authenticity via Social Media.” Midwest PCA/ACA, Chicago, Illinois.

Olson, C. J. (2016, April). “Appropriation, Recontextualization, and the New Globalized Identity: Sukiyaki Western Django as a Representation of Transcultural Identity.” Central States Communication Annual Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Reinhard, C. D. & Olson, C. J. (2016, March). “The Convergent Nature of Professional Wrestling: The Convergent Identities, Practices, and Experiences of Sports Entertainment.” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Seattle, Washington.

Olson, C. J. & Reinhard, C. D. (2016, March). “Possessed Women, Haunted States: Cultural Tensions in Exorcism Cinema.” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Seattle, Washington.

Olson, C. J. & Reinhard, C. D. (2015, April). “A Computer Boy or a Computer Girl?: Adventure Time, BMO, and the Networked Gender.” Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, Madison, Wisconsin.

Olson, C. J. (2014, October). “‘I Don’t Belong in the World’: Carnival of Souls and Emergent Feminism in the Early Half of the Sexual Revolution.” Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Olson, C. J. & Reinhard, C. D. (2014, October). “Feminist Tensions in Exorcism Cinema: Case Study Analysis and Comparison of The Last Exorcism and The Last Exorcism Part II.” Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Olson, C. J. (2014, April). “Gender-bending in Adventure Time: A Post-modern Text Encouraging Cross-generational and Cross-gendered Reception.” Central States Communication Association, Minneapolis, MN.

Olson, C. J. (2013, October). “Down the Rabbit Hole, Into the Fallopian Tree, and Through the Vaginal Tunnel: Fantasy, Fairy Tales, and Female Sexuality in Spirited Away, Pan's Labyrinth, and Coraline.” Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri.

Olson, C. J. & Reinhard, C. D. (2013, October). “I AM the Doctor: Polysemic rhetorical flexibility and non-traditional audience reception in Doctor Who.” Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri.

Olson, C. J. (2013, April). “Gangstas, Thugs, Vikings, and Drivers: Depictions of Masculinity and the Search for Manhood in the Films of Nicolas Winding Refn.” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, Washington, DC.

Reinhard, C. D. & Olson, C. J. (2013, March). “Answering the Whats, Hows and Whys of Film Spectatorship: An Empirical Investigation and Comparison of Film Reception.” Society of Cinema and Media Studies, Chicago, Illinois.

Teaching Experience:
English 101: Introduction to College Writing (UW Milwaukee)
CAS 217: Race and Communication (Dominican University, River Forest, IL)
CAS 286: Masculinity and Communication (Dominican University, River Forest, IL)
CAS 336: Cult Cinema (Dominican University, River Forest, IL)
LAS 432: The Ethical Superhero (Dominican University, River Forest, IL)
Fine Arts 104: The World of Cinema (Harry S. Truman College, Chicago, IL)
MST 3104: Playing Games (Governors State University, University Park, IL)

Professional Website: https://seemsobvioustome.wordpress.com/