Pacific Northwest College of Art
Co-Chair, MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research / Cultural Theorist
Anne Marie Oliver is a cultural theorist, photographer, and documentarian. She is Assistant Professor of Intermedia and Contemporary Theory at PNCA and Research Scholar in Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her current work focuses on contemporary conceptions of visuality and visibility as they relate to the experience of time, the logic of materiality, and the disappearing medium.
She studied at Emory, Yale, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the Europäische Universität für Interdisziplinäre Studien/EGS, and attended the School of Criticism and Theory at Northwestern. Before coming to PNCA, she taught at MIT, Georgia Tech, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and for many years was a research scholar and consultant at Harvard. Her work has appeared in Critical Inquiry, Partisan Review, The International Journal of Comparative Sociology, and Public Culture, the Bulletin of the Center for Transnational Cultural Studies, the University Museum, the University of Pennsylvania, as well as Salon, The New Republic, and Le Monde diplomatique. She has given talks at Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Stanford, the University of Chicago, UCLA, UCSB, the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute, the LA Public Library, the Annenberg School for Communication at USC, the University of the Arts London, and the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs; and has appeared as a discussant on CNN, C-SPAN, National Public Radio, the BBC, MSNBC, Air America, and Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Most recently, she was interviewed for the NPR series "The Really Big Questions."
In addition to her academic work, Oliver has worked on a number of architectural and urban planning initiatives. She co-founded the PNHZ Project, a plan for architectural and cultural preservation and alternative tourism in the West Bank, including the establishment of artisan centers, under the auspices of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and has served for many years as a researcher for ARC, an award-winning design and urban planning firm devoted to sustainability and urban renewal. She is currently working on concepts for a Worldwide Guild.