Christina Gerhardt

Associate Professor

Senior Fellow at UC-Berkeley, Institute of European Studies

1890 East-West Road
Moore Hall 453
Honolulu  HI  96822

Phone: (808) 956-4182

Christina Gerhardt is Associate Professor, Graduate Faculty and a member of the Honors Council. Her research and teaching focuses on Environmental Humanities, Film and German Studies.

She has published extensively in the field of environmental humanities. She is the author of Atlas of (Remote) Islands and Sea Level Rise (University of California Press, 2021) and the editor of Climate Change, Hawaii and the Pacific (under review). She is Associate Editor of ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment, the quarterly journal of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE), published by Oxford University Press. Her writing related to environmental humanities has been published in the peer-reviewed journals Humanities and Mosaic: An Interdisciplinary Critical Journal, and in the edited volumes Water: An Atlas (2017), My Ocean Guide (2017), Environment and Pedagogy in Higher Education (2018), Anxious Journeys: Twenty-First Century Travel Writing in German (2019) and Make Waves: Water in Contemporary Literature and Film (2019).

Professor Gerhardt has also published extensively on film. She is the author of Screening the Red Army Faction: Historical and Cultural Memory (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018), co-editor of 1968 and Global Cinema (Wayne State UP, 2018) and of Celluloid Revolt: German Screen Cultures and the Long 1968 (Camden House, 2019) and guest editor of 1968 and West German Cinema, a special issue of The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture 10 (2017). Her writing on film has been published in Cineaste, Film Criticism, Film Quarterly, German Studies Review, New German Critique, Quarterly Review of Film and Video and The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture.

She has also published on the Frankfurt School and especially on Theodor W. Adorno. She is editor of Adorno and Ethics, a special issue of New German Critique. She has published articles on animals and nature in the writings of Adorno, Cixous, Derrida, Horkheimer, Kracauer and Levinas, and on the relevance of The Authoritarian Personality today.

Professor Gerhardt has been awarded grants by the Fulbright Commission, the DAAD and the National Endowment for the Humanities; and held visiting positions at the Free University in Berlin, Harvard University, Columbia University and the University of California at Berkeley, where she taught previously and is a Senior Fellow.

Currently, she serves on the MLA Delegate Assembly (2019-2021) and was elected to serve on the MLA Executive Committee devoted to Screen Arts and Culture (Chair, 2018-2019; term 2015-2020). She has also served on the PMLA Advisory Board (2016-2019). She was elected to serve on the Executive Board (2018-2020) of the German Studies Association (GSA). Previously, she served on the GSA Interdisciplinary Network devoted to Environmental Studies (Chair, 2018-2019; term 2017-2019) and chaired the selections committee for the DAAD Article Prize of the GSA (2016-2017) and the selections committee for the GSA Graduate Student Essay Award (2015-2016). She currently chairs the Society of Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Media and Environment Scholarly Interest Group (Chair, 2019-2020; term 2018-2020) and the SCMS Environment and E-Waste Committee (Chair, 2018-2019; term 2018-2021). Previously, she served on the selections committee for the SCMS Best Dissertation Award Committee (2018-2019) and for the SCMS Media and Environment SIG’s Best Student Essay Prize (2017).

Professor Gerhardt has given numerous guest lectures, among other places, at the University of California at Berkeley; the University of California at Davis; the University of California at Santa Cruz; the University of California at Santa Barbara; the University of California at Los Angeles; Stanford University; the University of Oregon; Arizona State University; the University of Arizona; the University of Minnesota; the University of Wisconsin at Madison; the University of Chicago, Harvard University; Columbia University, Deutsches Haus; New York University, Deutsches Haus; the University of Pennsylvania; the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; the University of Antwerp, Belgium; Linköping University, Sweden; the Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung, Potsdam; the University of Leipzig; the University of Jena; the Freie Universität Berlin; and the Humboldt University in Berlin.

She has guest-curated film programs for the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, the Roxie Theater in San Francisco and the Honolulu Museum of Art.

She is an award-winning educator whose teaching focuses on environmental humanities, film and 20th and 21st century German studies.


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