Christina Gerhardt is an author, academic and journalist. She has written on a range of subjects, including the environment, film and critical theory. She has been awarded grants from the Fulbright Commission, the DAAD and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She has held visiting positions at Harvard University, the Free University of Berlin, and Columbia University. Previously, she taught at the University of California at Berkeley. Her journalism has been published (under Tina Gerhardt) in Climate Progress, Grist.org, The Nation, The Progressive and the Washington Monthly.
Professor Gerhardt is Associate Editor 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. Gerhardt has written about walking and experiential learning and citizen science; about petro-cultures and petro-landscapes, e.g. plastic and the Pacific; about sea level rise, islands and future shorelines; and about human-animal-environment entanglement. Her writing in the environmental humanities has also explored how public art installations foster civic engagement. She has taken students on walking tours, revealing the past histories hidden in the urban landscape, considering how the present day environment came to be shaped, and imagining possible future geographies.
Gerhardt has written about new wave cinemas around 1968, about the representation of the Red Army Faction in film, about New German Cinema and the Berlin School, and about directors ranging from Helke Sander and Harun Farocki to Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Hito Steyerl.
Gerhardt has published on critical theory and on Theodor W. Adorno. Her writings examine the concept of nature and of animals in the writings of the Frankfurt School's first generation. She has published articles on Adorno and nature; on nature in Adorno and Kracauer; on animals and compassion in the writings of Adorno, Horkheimer and Schopenhauer; and on animals in Adorno, Cixous, Derrida and Levinas.
- Celluloid Revolt: German Screen Cultures and the Long 1968. Rochester: Camden House, 2019
- 1968 and Global Cinema. Detroit: Wayne State UP, 2018
- 1968 and West German Cinema, Editor, special issue of The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture, 2017
- Adorno and Ethics, Editor, special issue of New German Critique, 2006
Environmental Humanities - Recent Articles and Book Chapters
- "Travel Writing and Post-Colonial Critique: Schalansky's Atlas of Remote Islands." in Anxious Journey: Twenty-First Century Travel Writing in German. Co-Edited by Karin Baumgartner and Monika Shafi. Rochester: Camden House, 2019. pp. 193-206.
- "Plastic and the Pacific: Midway Atoll, Plastiglomerate and Love of Place". Mosaic. 51 (3): 123–140. 2018.
- "Walking, We Ask Questions: Experiential Learning and Environmental Humanities." in Environment and Pedagogy in Higher Education. Edited by Lucie Viakinnou-Brinson. New York: Lexington Books, 2018. pp. 133-151.
- "Narrating Entanglement: Cixous' 'Stigmata, or Job the Dog". Humanities. 6 (4): 75. 2017. doi:10.3390/h6040075.
Film - Recent Articles and Book Chapters
- Christina Gerhardt and Marco Abel. "Introduction: German Screen Cultures and the Long 1968." in Celluloid Revolt: German Screen Cultures and the Long 1968. Co-Edited by Christina Gerhardt and Marco Abel. Rochester: Camden House, 2019. pp. 1-23.
- Christina Gerhardt. "Helke Sander's dffb Films and the West German Feminist Movement." in Celluloid Revolt: German Screen Cultures and the Long 1968. Co-Edited by Christina Gerhardt and Marco Abel. Rochester: Camden House, 2019. pp. 69-86.
- Christina Gerhardt and Sara Saljoughi. "Looking Back: Global Cinema and the Legacy of New Waves around 1968." in 1968 and Global Cinema. Co-Edited by Christina Gerhardt and Sara Saljoughi. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2018. pp. 1-20.
- "Internationalism and the Early Student Films of the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb)." in 1968 and Global Cinema. Co-Edited by Christina Gerhardt and Sara Saljoughi. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2018. pp. 96-116.
- "On Liberated Women in an Un-Liberated Society: Ula Stöckl's The Cat Has Nine Lives (1968)." in Women, Global Protest Movements and Political Agency: Rethinking the Legacy of 1968. Co-Edited by Sarah Colvin and Sara Katharina Karcher. New York: Routledge, 2018. pp. 69-83.
- "Fassbinder's Mother Küsters Goes to Heaven (1975) in a Genealogy of the Arbeiterfilme". Film Criticism. 41 (1). 2017. doi:10.3998/fc.13761232.0041.109.
- "Introduction: Cinema in West Germany around 1968". The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture. 10 (1): 1–9. 2017. doi:10.1080/17541328.2017.1327749.
- "1968 and the Early Cinema of the dffb". The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture. 10 (1): 1–19. 2017. doi:10.1080/17541328.2017.1326731.
- "Christina Gerhardt | Languages and Literatures of Europe and the Americas". Manoa.hawaii.edu. Retrieved 2011-08-15.
- "Fulbright". Berkeley.edu. Retrieved 2006-03-11.
- "National Endowment for the Humanities". Retrieved 2017-05-15.
- "Harvard University". Harvard.edu. Retrieved 2006-03-15.
- "Berlin Program Fellows 2006-2007; Free University". fu-berlin.de. Retrieved 2006-03-01.
- "UC-Berkeley". Berkeley.edu. Retrieved 2006-03-11.
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