A professor speaks to a group of students sitting in the film viewing room with black and white film on the screen over his shoulder.

Ian Olney, Ph.D.


  • B.A., Rhodes College (1995)
  • M.A., University of South Carolina, Columbia (1997)
  • Ph.D., University of Nebraska, Lincoln (2003)


  • Coordinator of Film Studies
  • Coordinator, Humanities Film Series, 2005-present
  • Faculty Advisor, York College Film Society, 2004-present
  • President, Literature/Film Association, 2012-present


  • Introduction to Film and Film History
  • Literature and Film
  • Screenwriting
  • Film Genres, Directors, Periods, and National Cinemas
  • Film Theory and Criticism

Research Interests

  • European Cinema
  • The Horror Film
  • American Independent Film
  • Cinema in the Twentieth Century Literary Imagination


  • Summer Research Fellowship, 2012
  • Key-Note Speaker, IRIS Film Festival, 2009
  • York College of Pennsylvania Summer Research Grant, 2005

Recent Publications

  • “The Whip and the Body: Sex, Violence, and Performative Spectatorship in Euro-Horror S&M Cinema.” Screening the Dark Side of Love: From Euro-Horror to American Cinema. Ed. Karen Randell and Karen Ritzenhoff. Palgrave, 2012: 1-17.
  • Euro Horror: Classic European Horror Cinema in Contemporary American Culture. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013.
  • Olney, Ian. “Towards an Historical Poetics of Digital Cinema.” Humanities and Technology Review 28 (2009): 85-103.
  • Olney, Ian. “A la recherche d’une femme perdue: Proust through the Lens of Chantal Akerman’s La Captive.” In/Fidelity: Essays on Film Adaptation. Ed. David L. Kranz and Nancy C. Mellerski. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008: 155-171.
  • Olney, Ian. “The Problem Body Politic, or ‘These Hands Have a Mind All Their Own!’: Figuring Disability in the Horror Film Adaptations of Renard’s Les mains d’Orlac.” Literature/Film Quarterly 34:4 (2006): 294-302.
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