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Theresa L. Geller

Associate Professor


Theresa (Terri) Geller teaches courses in film and media studies, literary and critical theory, and feminist and queer studies. Her research interests include film history, continental philosophy, queer theory, film genre, cultural studies, and feminist film theory. Professor Geller joined the Grinnell faculty as its first film specialist through the Expanding Knowledge Initiative (EKI), which was implemented to further enhance interdisciplinary learning. She has published in such journals as Camera Obscura, Senses of Cinema, Rhizomes, and Biography, and has chapters in the scholarly anthologies Lady Gaga and Popular Music: Performing Gender, Fashion, and Culture (Routledge Studies in Popular Music), Gender After Lyotard (SUNY Press) and East Asian Cinemas: Exploring Transnational Connections on Film (Taurus World Cinema). She is completing a manuscript on The X-Files for TV Milestones  (Wayne State University Press), and is also currently co-editing, An Indelible Mark: Women and the Work of Todd Haynes. She is a longtime member of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.

Campus Phone: 

(641) 269-9808


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On-Campus Address: 

116 Mears Cottage
Grinnell, IA
United States

Education / Degrees: 

Ph.D., Literatures in English, Rutgers University; Certification in Women's & Gender Studies
M.A., English, University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign; Certification in the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory; Certification in Cinema Studies
B.A., English and Women's Studies, University of California - Santa Cruz

Courses Taught: 

Courses Taught At Grinnell

HUM 211 Film Analysis * †
HUM 290 Film Genres * †
HUM 395 Queer Cinema/Queer Theory †
HUM 395 Domestic Cinema: Seminar in Feminist Film Theory * †
ENG 120 Literary Analysis
ENG 273 Feminisms, Gender, and Literary Theory †
ENG 346 Postmodern Fiction and Film †
TUT 100 Cinematic Identity: Race, Sex and Gender on Film
* Counts towards American Studies concentration

† Counts towards Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies major

Mentored Advanced Projects

Advanced Research in Film History
Advanced Studies in Feminist & Queer Theory
Community, Posthumanism, Aesthetics
New Perspectives in Visual Culture

Primary Academic Interest: 

Cinema and Media Studies

Academic Interests: 

Film theory, history and aesthetics;
Critical theory
Cultural studies
Popular Culture
American and East Asian cinemas

Curriculum Vitae/Resume: