Marc Louis Olivier

Professor , French & Italian

3131 JFSB


Curriculum Vitae

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Teaching Experience

I believe in inclusivity and respect for divergent modes of thinking. I strive for innovative course design that encourages students to make connections across disciplinary boundaries. I am honored to teach at a university whose explicit mission is to promote intellectualism within “a more complete, even eternal, perspective” (Aims of a BYU Education).


I value intellectual curiosity over disciplinarity. I have contributed to books and published articles on topics as diverse as entomology, botany, industrial design, microscopy, new media, the Gothic, and film studies. For my Ph.D., I chose 18th-century France as a speciality because of my admiration of the Enlightenment philosophers who pursued work in science, literature, art, and technology without disciplinary constraints. Everything I write is in the spirit of building knowledge by finding

Selected Publications

  •  Household Horror: Cinematic Fear and the Secret Life of Everyday Objects (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2020)
  •  “Postdigital Gothic” in The Cambridge History of the Gothic, Volume 3: The Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries, 1896-present. Edited by Catherine Spooner. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021)
  • “Glitch Gothic” in Cinematic Ghosts: Haunting and Spectrality from Silent Cinema to the Digital Era. Edited by Murray Leeder (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015): 253-270.
  •  “Civilization Inoculated: Nostalgia and the Marketing of Emerging Technologies,” Journal of Popular Culture 44: 1 (2011): 134–157.
  • “George Eastman’s Modern Stone-Age Family: Snapshot Photography and the Brownie,” Technology & Culture 48: 1 (2007): 1–19
  • “Jean-Nicolas Servandoni’s Spectacles of Nature and Technology.” French Forum 30: 2 (2005): 31–47


I have spent countless hours doing committee work because I care about the quality of education at BYU. My most significant work at BYU in committee service has been with the General Education program, including both FGEC and the GE redesign committee. I have done award-winning course design (French 202) that benefits the department and the reputation of BYU. As Section Head, I try not only to accommodate schedule preferences, but also to mentor my colleagues and look out for their progress.

Citizenship assignments

  •  Co-Chair of the French and Francophone Scholarly Interest Group (SIG) for the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), March 2016-2019.
  •  Jury Chair, Rollins Documentary Award, Popular Culture Association, 2014-2015.
  •  General Education Redesign Committee, Steering Committee, and chair of Ways of Knowing committee, 2020.
  • Study Abroad General Education Committee (SAGE), 2019-present.
  •  University Faculty General Education Council, 2009-2015
  •  European Studies Executive Committee, 2014-2019.
  • French Section Head, 2011-present