Christina Gerhardt

Associate Professor

Editor, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment

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

She has published extensively in the field of environmental humanities. She is the author of Atlas of Islands in a Rising Ocean (University of California Press, under contract) and the editor of Climate Change, Hawaii and the Pacific (under review). She is Editor-in-Chief of ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, the quarterly journal of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE), published by Oxford University Press. She was the 2021-2022 Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and the Humanities at Princeton University and, during the Fall 2022 semester, a Senior Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany. She is the author of Sea Change: An Atlas of Islands in a Rising Ocean (University of California Press, 2023), which was listed as one of the “Best Science Books of 2023” by the New Scientist.

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; pb 2020), 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 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. She is co-editor of Polity 54.1 (January 2022), a special issue on The Authoritarian Personality, which grew out of a conference she co-organized at Yale University in February 2020. 

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

Aside from serving as Editor of ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies of Literature and Environment, she serves on the editorial board of the PMLA: Publication of the Modern Languages Association, of Media + Energy and of the Journal of Environmental Media.

Professor Gerhardt has given numerous guest lectures, among other places, at Princeton University; Yale University; 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; the University of Minnesota; the University of Wisconsin at Madison; the University of Chicago, Harvard University; Columbia University; 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, German studies and critical theory.


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