Ted Geier is Lecturer in American Studies at UC Davis and Faculty in Philosophy and in Comparative Religion & Humanities at Chico State University, where he teaches courses on Animal Studies, “The Meaning of Life,” global social justice issues, and in the general Philosophy curriculum including ethics.
He is currently Assistant Book Reviews Editor for Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment and was, from 2014-19, the ASLE Liaison to the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, organizing the annual Ecocriticism topic streams sponsored by ASLE at the PAMLA conferences.
His American Studies teaching has recently focused especially on Food Studies and the development of industrial agriculture as an interspecies subjugation that traces concepts of “technology” from organized systems of oppression, labor management, and bodily restrictions to mechanized and “electrified” systems of production, exchange, and personalized consumption. In 2018-19, he was also Lecturer in English & Comparative Literature at UC Davis, teaching courses on Environment, Capitalism & Film; Eco Disney; Long 19th Century Literature; and Introduction to Literature. Additional teaching and research strengths include Critical Theory and World Literature & Cinema.
In 2015-16, Geier was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Rice University in the “After Biopolitics” Rice Seminars convened by Cary Wolfe and Timothy B. Morton, where he also taught courses on literature and film in ecological and “disaster” contexts, including a designed upper division course on Ecocinematics. Since 2016, he has been Assistant Professor of Communication Arts at Ashford University, working on curriculum design and course content for Introduction to Literature, mentoring associate faculty teaching literature, film, and several General Education course groups, and teaching online Introduction to Film, Introduction to Literature, and English courses in both American and British 19th-20th c. period surveys.
While still a graduate student at UC Davis, he founded the Cultures, Politics & Economics of the Nonhuman Research Cluster in the Davis Humanities Institute, which has since organized a major three-day conference, “All Things Great & Small,” and seminars and events with speakers and special guests including Claire Jean Kim, Julie Sze, Roberta Millstein, Bénédicte Boisseron, Zakiyyah Iman Jackson, Kendra Coulter, Drew Winter, Gillian Moise, and California State University system Philosophers Robert C. Jones, Jennifer Eagan, Andrew Fenton, and Matthew Calarco. In this role and in his faculty mentoring and TA supervision, conference participation, and other service roles, Geier seeks out opportunities to showcase graduate and undergraduate research and to build professionalization and publication outcomes for contingent as well as pre- and early-career scholars.
Geier’s publications to date include books on 19th-20th century literature, animals, and culture with Palgrave Macmillan (Kafka’s Nonhuman Form) and Edinburgh University Press (Meat Markets: The Cultural History of Bloody London– reviewed in Victorian Studies and Humanimalia); an edited issue and lead article for New Review of Film and Television Studies on Terrence Malick’s ecocinema; and other articles and chapters on eco studies, cinema, literature, and animals. Recent book review essays have appeared in Parallax and Configurations. His current projects include books on “Eco Disney” and the film Children of Men.
Further information/CV available upon request regarding other work and conference papers delivered, sessions organized, etc. (MLA, SCMS, ACLA, SLSA, ASLE, North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies, Nineteenth-Century Studies Association, German Studies Association).