Oliver Gloag, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies

Contact Information

  • ogloag@unca.edu
  • 232-2441
  • 242 Whitesides Hall

Office Hours

  • Tuesday 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Note: And by appointment. Office hours will take place via Google Meet.

Oliver Gloag was educated at Columbia University (BA, honors in comparative literature), Tulane University (J.D.) and Duke University (Ph.D.). His research interests include Francophone/postcolonial literature, political theory, twentieth century French literature and cultural history.

His chapter "Sartre and Colonialism" for The Sartrean Mind will be published by Routledge.  He is also working on the Very Short Introduction to Albert Camus (under contract with Oxford University Press).


  • Ph.D., Romance Studies, Duke University
  • M.A., Romance Studies, Duke University
  • Juris Doctor, Tulane University School of Law
  • B.A., Comparative Literature, Columbia University

Courses Taught

  • French 178: Existentialism
  • French 325: Composition and Structural Review
  • French 340: French Civilization and Literature I
  • French 341: French Civilization and Literature II
  • French 435: Francophone Studies
  • French 460: Master of French Cinema
  • Humanities 324: The Modern World
  • Humanities 414: The Individual in the Contemporary World

Cultural Activities

  • French Film Society
  • Weekly French Conversation Table

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Colonial and Postcolonial studies
  • Francophonie
  • Twentieth century French literature
  • Political theory
  • Cultural history
  • Sartre and the notion of  l'artiste engagé(e)

Recent Conferences

  • “Sartre and Camus, Inseparable”. 21st Annual Meeting of the North American Sartre Society. East Stroudsburg University. 13-15 November, 2015.
  • "Sartre's Black Orpheus in a Global World: a Resurgence." Thinking with Sartre Today: New Approaches to Sartre Studies? The Oxford Center for Humanities. 30th and 31st January, 2015.

Recent Publications

  • Forthcoming: "Sartre and Colonialism". In The Sartrean Mind. Routledge.
  • Under contract: Albert Camus, A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press.
  • "Camus et les colonies:  à rebours de l'Histoire."  Chapel Hill: Romance Notes, Volume 55/1. 2015.