Christina Gerhardt

Associate Professor

On leave in 2021 – Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and the Humanities, Princeton Environmental Institute

Senior Fellow at UC-Berkeley, Institute of European Studies

Editor, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment

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Christina Gerhardt is Associate Professor, Graduate Faculty and Honors 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 (Remote) Islands and Sea Level Rise (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.

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 currently co-editing a special issue 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 on the Society of Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Environment and E-Waste Committee (2018-2021).

Additionally, she co-chairs the GSA Carbon Footprint and Technology Committee (2020-2021) and chairs the SCMS Media and Environment special interest group’s Mentoring Program (2020-2021) for junior faculty and graduate students.

Professor Gerhardt has given numerous guest lectures, among other places, at 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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