Debbie Olson, PhD student in Screen Studies

Address: 401 Morrill Hall
Phone: 405-744-1880
Message: 405-744-9474

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • African Film
  • Children’s film and media culture
  • Transnationalism
  • Postcolonial theory

Honors and Offices

  • Editor in Chief, Red Feather Journal: an international journal of children's visual culture
  • Editorial Board of MP Journal: an International Feminist Journal.


  • Last in Space: the “Black” Hole in Children’s Science Fiction Films.” To Infinity and Beyond: Science Fiction in Children’s Film and Television. Ed. Ryan Neighbors. Forthcoming, 2010.
  • “Fashionable Bondage: Sartorial Symbolism in The King’s Whore (1990)” MP: an International Feminist Journal 2.5 (2009)
  • “Babes in Bonanzaland: Kid Nation, Commodification, and the Death of Play.” The Tube Has Spoken: Reality TV and History. Ed. Ken Dvorak and Julie Taddeo. Lexington: UP of Kentucky, 2009
  • Book Review: Frederick Douglass: Race and the Rebirth of American Liberalism.
    By Peter C. Myers. Southwest Journal of Cultures 1 (2009)
  • The Tube Has Spoken: Reality TV and History. Ed. Ken Dvorak and Julie Taddeo. Lexington: UP of Kentucky, Publication Fall 2009
  • Lu jot bèt bi? African Visual Rhetoric and the Search for Authenticity.” Facts, Fictions, and African Creative Imaginations. Eds. Toyin Falola and Fallou Ngom. Routledge African Studies. Vol 1. New York: Routledge, Publication Fall 2009
  • Book Review: In Search of the Black Fantastic: Politics and Popular Culture in the Post-Civil Rights Era.
    By Richard Iton. Southwest Journal of Cultures 2 (2008)
  • “Little Burton Blue: Tim Burton and the Product(ion) of Color in Fairy Tale Films. ”MP: An International Feminist Journal 1.6 (2007): 32-40
  • Book Review: PAST:Pioneer America Society Transactions 30 (2007) Review Of: Revolution Televised by Christine Acham, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. 2005
  • Book Review: Material Culture 36.1 Spring 2004. Reprinted 38.1 Spring 2006
  • Review of: A Perfect Fit: Clothes, Character, and the Promise of America. by Jenna Wiseman Jocelit. New York: Henry Holt and co., 2001
  • The African American Biography Project, eds: Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Evelyn Brooks Higgenbotham, Oxford UP.
    Entries for Philippa Duke Schuyler, Morgan Freeman, Jamie Foxx, Louis Gossett, Jr., and Carlton Moss.
  • An Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Literature, Facts on File, Inc., 2007. Ed. Seiwoong Oh .
    Entries for: Sook Nyul Choi, Year of Impossible Goodbyes, Echoes of the White Giraffe, The Gathering of Pearls.
  • Writing African American Women. 2 vol. Ed. Dr. Betsy Beaulieu Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2006
    Entries for: Clarissa Minnie Thompson Allen, Virginia w. Broughton, Brenda Marie Osbey, Eliza Potter, Mae Miller, Becky Birtha, Anne Spencer, Healing, Motherhood, Beauty, Slave Narrative, and Womanism.
  • The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Literature. 5 volumes. Ed. Hans Ostrom and J. David Macey. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2006.
    Entries for: Patty Rice, Charlotte Watson Sherman, Anthony Walton, Mary Monroe.
  • Encyclopedia of Prostitution and Sex Work. Ed. Melissa Hope Ditmore. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2006.
    Entries for: Police, Serial Killers, Murder, Pop culture, Exploitation films, Documentary films, Cult films, Clothing, and Commodification.

 Conference Presentations

  • RMMLA (Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association) Snowbird, Utah. October 8-10, 2009.
    “The Hitchcock Imp: Children and the Hyperreal in Alfred Hitchcock’s 'The Birds' (1963).”
  • “Faces of Fantasy: The Discourse of Exclusion in Hollywood’s Magical Realms”
    Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association (MAP/ACA) Philadelphia, PA, November 2-4, 2007.
  • The Big Read sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts.“Children in the Great Depression: Children’s Culture in ‘The Grapes of Wrath.’” Oklahoma State University Library and Stillwater Community Library. 10 April 2007.
  • “Lu Jo bet bi (Wolof: what’s wrong with the eye/I?): Ousmane Sembène and Djibril Diop Mambèty: African Cinema Rhetoric and the search for Authenticity” Popular Cultures in Africa, University of Texas at Austin.March 30-April 1, 2007
  • “Little Burton Blue: Tim Burton and the Product(ion) of Color in Fairy Tale Films.” Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association (MAP/ACA). Baltimore, MD. Oct 26-29, 2006.