Professor Jeffrey Geiger

Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Professor Jeffrey Geiger
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  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 872623

  • Location

    5NW.5.11, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    on leave spring term 2018



My background ranges from research into film and literature to professional work, particularly in film editing. After coming to Essex, I was the first director of film studies and established the Centre for Film and Screen Media. In both teaching and research, I am interested in stressing intersections between film practice, criticism, and theory. My published work has engaged with areas such as cinema history, film and literature, and cultural history, with a focus on documentary, ethnography, human geography and constructs of race and gender in US film and literature, and global and transnational cultures and identities. More recently I've been doing research into Nigerian video films and further work in Pacific studies. Books include American Documentary Film: Projecting the Nation (2011); Facing the Pacific: Polynesia and the U.S. Imperial Imagination (2007); Film Analysis: A Norton Reader (2005, with R. L. Rutsky, second expanded edition 2013); and Cinematicity in Media History (2013, with Karin Littau). The latter expands on a special issue of Comparative Critical Studies, Cinematicity (2009), based on an international conference hosted at Essex. Articles have appeared in journals such as PMLA, Third Text, African American Review, ZAA, Cinema Journal, New Formations, Film International, and The Times Literary Supplement, with chapters appearing in numerous books and encyclopaedias. Recent work includes a chapter on New Nigerian cinema in The Routledge Companion to World Cinema (Remapping World Cinemas), and one on Kodachrome and Pacific tourism in Discourses of Imperialism in the Pacific (Routledge). I supervise Ph.D. research in various areas of film and visual media, including film / media practice in critical and theoretical contexts, documentary and ethnographic film/media, US cinema, mixed media, films of and about Asia/Pacific regions.


  • BA Cornell University

  • MA University of California, Los Angeles

  • PhD University of California Los Angeles


University of Essex

  • Director of the Centre for Film and Screen Media, Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies University of Essex ( 2013 - present )

  • Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies University of Essex ( 2010 - 2013 )

Other academic

  • External Examiner, English (Film and Screen Media) University of Surrey ( 2016 - present )

  • External Examiner, Film and Screen Media (MA) Birkbeck, University of London ( 2011 - 2016 )

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Documentary film and media

Interactions between film / media practice and theory

Low-budget and amateur movies

Race and Ethnicity in US literature, film, and television

Writing and film of / about the Pacific

Nollywood and New Nigerian cinema

Current research

'Invisible' Imperialisms: US Territories in the Pacific

Aerial Cinematics and the 'World Picture'

Teaching and supervision

  • Approaches to Film and Media (LT121)

  • Hollywood Directors (LT347)

  • Independent Literature Project (LT831)

  • Independent Creative Writing Project (LT832)

  • Independent Film Project (LT833)

  • Independent Project in Film Studies (LT834)

  • Documentary and the Avant-garde: Film, Video, Digital (LT930)


Chapters (10)

Geiger, J., (2018). The Voyager's Sublime: Kodachrome and Pacific Tourism. In: Discourses of Imperialism in the Pacific: The Anglo-American Encounter. Editors: Keown, M., Taylor, A. and Treagus, M., . Routledge. 0415842921. 978-0415842921

Geiger, J., (2018). Cinematic Gestures: Flows and Disruptions on the Yankee Voyage, 1936-38. In: Shifting Grounds: Cultural Tectonics along the Pacific Rim. Editors: Ernst, J. and Glase, B., . Winter Verlag

Geiger, J., (2017). Media Refashioning: From Nollywood to New Nollywood. In: The Routledge Companion to World Cinema. Editors: Stone, R., Cooke, P., Dennison, S. and Marlow-Mann, A., . Routledge. 59- 72. 9781138918801

Geiger, J., (2015). United States Expansionism and the Pacific. In: The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism. Editors: Ness, I. and Cope, Z., . Palgrave Macmillan. 9780230392779

Geiger, J., (2014). Documentary, Memory and the Iraq Syndrome. In: Representations of War, Migration, and Refugeehood Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Editors: Rellstab, DH. and Schlote, C., . Routledge. 978-0-415-71176-0

Geiger, J., (2013). Making America Global: Cinematicity and the Aerial View. In: Cinematicity in Media History. Editors: Geiger, J. and Littau, K., . Edinburgh University Press. 9780748676118

Geiger, J., (2013). Nanook of the North (1922): Fiction, Truth, and the Documentary Contract.. In: Film Analysis: A Norton Reader (Second edition). Editors: Geiger, J. and Rutsky, RL., . W W Norton. 9780393923247

Geiger, J., (2011). Subaltern Looks and the Imperial Gaze: Charles Warren Stoddard's South Sea Idyls. In: Indiscretions. At the Intersection of Queer and Postcolonial Theory.. Editors: Aydemir, M., . Rodopi. 33- 51. 9789042031876

Geiger, J., (2005). 'The game behind the game'?: Spatial Politics and Spike Lee's He Got Game. In: Race and Ethnicity in New York City. Editors: Krase, J. and Hutchison, R., . Emerald. 83- 105. 9780762311491

Geiger, J., (2000). Sightseeing: 'Voyage au Congo' and Ethnographic Spectacle. In: Andre Gide?s Politics: Rebellion and Ambivalence. Editors: Conner, T., . Palgrave. 111- 130. 9780333915370

Books (4)

Geiger, J. and Rutsky, RL., (2013).Film Analysis: A Norton Reader (Second edition). W W Norton. 9780393923247

Geiger, J., (2011).American Documentary Film: Projecting the Nation. Edinburgh University Press/Oxford University Press. 9780748621477

Littau, K. and Geiger, J., (2009).Cinematicity (Special Issue of Comparative Critical Studies). Edinburgh University Press

Geiger, J., (2007).Facing the Pacific: Polynesia and the U.S. imperial imagination. University of Hawaii Press. 9780824830663

Journals (10)

Geiger, J., (2012). Nollywood Style: Nigerian movies and 'shifting perceptions of worth'. Film International. 10 (6)

Geiger, J., (2011). Documentary: Negotiating the Public Sphere. New Formations: A Journal of Culture, Theory, Politics. 74 (Winter)

Geiger, J. and Littau, K., (2009). Guest Editors' Introduction to Comparative Critical Studies (special issue: Cinematicity). Comparative Critical Studies. 6 (3)

Geiger, J., (2008). Taking Aim: New Documentary and War. Zeitschrift fur Anglistik und Amerikanistik (ZAA). 56 (2)

Geiger, J., (2004). Special Relationships: British Higher Education and the Global Marketplace. PMLA: Publications of the Modern Language Association. 119 (1)

Geiger, J., (2004). Imagined Islands: White Shadows in the South Seas and Cultural Ambivalence. Cinema Journal. 41 (3)

Geiger, J., (2001). Re-assessing the Past and Future of Feminist Film Theory. Sexualities. 4 (2)

Geiger, J., (1999). Unmaking the Male Body: The Politics of Masculinity in The Long Dream. African American Review. 33 (2)

Geiger, JA., (1999). America on film: Hollywood and American history. JOURNAL OF AMERICAN STUDIES. 33

Geiger, J., (1998). 'The Camera and Man': Colonialism, Masculinity, and Documentary Fiction. Third Text. 12 (44)

Thesis dissertation (1)

Geiger, JA., America's White Shadows: Modernist Ethnography and the South Pacific

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5NW.5.11, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

on leave spring term 2018