Christina Gerhardt

Assistant Professor
1890 East-West Road
Moore Hall 453
Honolulu  HI  96822

Phone: (808) 956-4182
Fax: (808) 956-9536



  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Additional Study

  • Fulbright and DAAD, Summer Academy in Leipzig, Germany, June 2014
  • Fulbright Faculty Seminar in German Studies, June 2011 (declined)
  • East German Film Institute, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, July 2009 (declined)
  • German Film Institute, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, August, 2008
  • Cornell University, DAAD Summer Seminar in German Studies, June – July 2008
  • Cornell University, School of Criticism and Theory, Summer 1999
  • Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany, Spring Semester 1998
  • University of California at Berkeley, German, Fall Semester 1997

Areas of Interest

20th-century literature, theory, and film; film history and theory; critical and aesthetic theory; theories of modernity, modernist literature, and art; Weimar era literature, art, and film; two Germanies: literature, culture and film, 1945-1989; post-1989 literature, culture and film; gender studies; globalization and transnational studies; theories and representations of social movements; and environmental humanities.

Teaching Experience

  • Department of German, University of California at Berkeley, 2000-2006

Awards and Grants (selected)




Book Manuscripts:

  • Critique of Violence: The Trauma of Terrorism (submitted / under review)
  • The Language of Nature in Theodor W. Adorno’s Writings (submitted / under review).

Edited Journals:

Co-Edited Series in a Peer-Reviewed Journal:

  • “The Berlin School: The Dreileben Project,” German Studies Review 36.3 (October 2013).
  • Five articles on the 2011 Berlin School trilogy Dreileben. Co-edited with Marco Abel.

Articles (Peer-Reviewed Volumes and Journals):

  • “RAF as German and Family History: Von Trotta’s Marianne and Juliane and Petzold’s The State I Am in.” The Place of Politics in German Film. Ed. Martin Blumenthal-Barby (Bielefeld: Aisthesis, 2014). 166-184.
  • “‘Aus den Orten eine Geschichte Gewinnen’: Christian Petzold’s Etwas Besseres als den Tod,” German Studies Review 36.3 (October 2013): 617-25. [pdf.]
  • “On Natural History: Concepts of History in Kracauer and Adorno,” Culture in the Anteroom: The Legacies of Siegfried Kracauer. Eds. Gerd Gemünden and Johannes von Moltke (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan, 2012). 229-243.
  • “Narrating Terrorism: Kristina Konrad’s Greater Freedom, Lesser Freedom.”Questioning the RAF: The Politics of Culture. Special issue. Ed. Karin Bauer. Seminar 47.1 (2011): 64-80. [pdf.]
  • “Thinking With: Animals in Schopenhauer, Horkheimer and Adorno.” Critical Theory and Animals. Ed. John Sanbonmatsu (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2011). 137-157.
  • “Working through the Past: Christian Petzold’s The State I am In.” ZeitRäume: Potsdamer Almanach.  Ed. Martin Sabrow. (Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2010). 31-42.
  • “Surveillance Mechanisms in Literature and Film: Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum by Böll and Schlöndorff / Von Trotta.” Literature and Film. Special Issue. Ed. P.M. Lutzeler. Gegenwartsliteratur 7 (2008): 69-83.
  • “Transnational Germany: Hito Steyerl’s Die leere Mitte and 200 Years of Border Crossings.” Women in German Yearbook 23 (2007): 205-223. [pdf.]
  • “Adorno and Ethics: Introduction.” Adorno and Ethics. Ed. Christina Gerhardt. New German Critique 97 (2006): 1-4. [pdf.]
  • “The Ethics of Animals in Adorno and Kafka.” Adorno and Ethics. Ed. Christina Gerhardt. New German Critique 97 (2006): 159-178. [pdf.]
  • “The Allied Air Bombing Campaign of Germany in Herzog’s Little Dieter Needs to Fly.” Bombs Away: Representing the Air War over Europe and Japan. Amsterdamer Beiträge zur Germanistik 60. Eds. William Rasch and Wilfried Wilms (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2006). 345-354.

Entries – Encyclopedias and Handbooks (Peer-Reviewed Volumes):

Film Festival Reviews:

Review Essays:

  • “The Berlin School,” Cineaste (Spring 2014): 66-68. Review essay of Berlin School Glossary, Christian Petzold, The Counter-Cinema of the Berlin School, and The Berlin School.

Film Reviews:

Guest Lectures (select):

Marin Headlands, Center for the Arts; Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität – Frankfurt am Main; Freie Universität Berlin; New York University (Deutsches Haus); CUNY Graduate Center; Harvard University; Rice University; University of Antwerp. Antwerp, Belgium; Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung. Potsdam, Germany; Goethe Institute New York; Wellesley College; Haverford College; University of California at Santa Cruz; Columbia University; University of California at Los Angeles; University of Jena, Germany; University of Leipzig, Germany; University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill; Humboldt Universität, Berlin, Germany; Pomona College; University of California at Berkeley; Kunstwerke Museum, Berlin, Germany; Universität Hannover, Hannover, Germany.

Recent Courses (select):

  • History of German Cinema – German 320 / LLEA 320 (LLEA = taught in English)
  • Post-1989 German Literature, Culture and Film – German 416
  • Transnational Germany: Literature, Culture and Film – German 415
  • German Fascism and Propaganda – LLEA 342
  • German Literature, 1914 to the present – German 313
  • German Literature, 1750 to 1914 – German 312

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