Christopher Oscarson

Associate Professor , Comparative Arts & Letters

3033 JFSB


Curriculum Vitae

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Teaching Experience

In my teaching I seek to engage and actively involve students in a conversation that informs, motivates, and facilitates their ability to make connections between themselves and world around them. I want my students to emerge from their educational experience both with an expanded perspective and eager to learn more.


My research focuses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Scandinavian literature, culture, and silent film with an emphasis on the environmental humanities. Current projects includes a study on contemporary cinema and the Anthropocene.

Selected Publications

  • Managing Co-Editor: Nordic Literature: A Comparative History. Vol 2. Figurative Nodes. Co-editor Nate Kramer. General Editors Mark Sandberg and Steven Sondrup. Volume editors Linda Rugg and Karin Sanders. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
    Forthcoming 2021.
  • “Toxic Places: Chernobyl and a Sense of Place in Nordic Literature” in Nordic Literature: A Comparative History. Vol 1. Editors Dan Ringgaard and Tom DuBois. Amsterdam: Benjamins. 2017. 366-80.
  • “Museums, Nature, and Nation: Finding Place Between the Local and the Global” in Sense of Place: Transatlantic Perspectives. Alcalá De Henares: Universidad de Alcalá De Henares, 2016.
  • “Ingmarssönernas and Cinema’s Thick Materiality” in Re-Mapping Lagerlöf: Performance, Intermediality, and European Transmission. Lund: Nordic Academic Press, May 2014.
  • “Cinematic Landscapes of the Anthropocene: Scandinavian Documentary Film at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century,” Journal of Scandinavian Cinema, 7.3 (Fall
  • “Terje Vigen, Naturbilder, and the Natural History of Film in Sweden,” Journal of Scandinavian Cinema 3.1 (Spring 2013)
  • “Where the Ground Answers the Foot: Kerstin Ekman, Ecology, and the Sense of Place in a Globalized World.” Ecozona: European Journal of Literature, Culture, and Environment, 1.2 (2010)


My service has extended from university programs to professional organizations and in all cases my goal is to improve the communities of which I am a part. I have had extensive opportunity to develop academic and curricular programs including a redesign of the university general education program.

Citizenship assignments

  • Associate Dean, Undergraduate education over the General Education program (BYU, 2020-present)
  • Co-Director International Cinema (BYU, 2017-2020)
  • Treasurer Associate for Swedish Teachers and Researchers in America (ASTRA) (2010-2020)
  • Executive Board: Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study (SASS) (2013-2017)
  • Director, Scandinavian Studies Program (BYU, 2005-2015)