He has authored and edited several books, including Svensk spelfilm under världskriget (1979), Från filmljud till ljudfilm (1986), Sensationer från en bakgård (1988), Nordic Explorations (co-edited with John Fullerton, 1999), Allegories of Communication (co-edited with John Fullerton, 2004), Television after TV (co-edited with Lynn Spigel, 2004), Media, Popular Culture, and the American Century (co-edited with Kingsley Bolton, 2010).

His latest monograph is Los Angeles Before Hollywood: Journalism and American Film Culture, 1905 to 1915 (2008). ”Hitchcock à la Carte” is forthcoming from Duke UP in 2012. Most recent essays: ”Italian Marionettes Meets Cinematic, Modernity,” in Bolton/Olsson (John Libbey Publishing, 2010) and ”Alfred Hitchcock, théoricien de la télévision,” in Delavuad/Maréchal (eds.), Télévision: le moment expérimental (Éditions Apogée, 2011). He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards; his current grant is from Vetenskapsrådet (the Swedish Research Council) and running from 2010 to 2013: ”From Business Commodities to Revered Cultural Heritage: Global Media, Vernacular Strategies, and Cultural Negotiations.” This project involves Dr. Pelle Snickars and Dr. Joel Frykholm.

Dr. Olsson has been a visiting professor at several universities, has curated an exhibition on film ephemera, produced a television series on early cinema, and organized numerous international conferences. Forthcoming conference: “Medium to Medium” at the National Library of Sweden, May 12-13. This event is organized in partnership with Northwestern University.


Jan Olsson.
Tel. 674 76 15