Jeffrey Geiger's background ranges from research into film and literature to professional film work, particularly editing. After coming to Essex, he became the University's first director of Film Studies, later established the Centre for Film and Screen Media and currently is the Centre's director. Other posts have included director of the American Studies Centre and Graduate Director.
In both teaching and research, his interests have stressed intersections between film practice, criticism, and theory. His research and writing engages with documentary film history and theory, representations of Oceania and the Pacific, cinema and human geography, 'cinematicity', and constructs of race and gender in film and literature. Recent work has focused on Nigerian video films in terms of a common critical resistance to lower budget video, and as transitional media.
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 (with R. L. Rutsky, expanded edition 2013); and Cinematicity in Media History (2013, with Karin Littau). The latter developed from 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, Studies in Documentary Film, Third Text, African American Review, ZAA, Cinema Journal, New Formations, Film International, and The Times Literary Supplement, with chapters appearing in numerous books and encyclopedias. Recent work includes a chapter on New Nigerian cinema in The Routledge Companion to World Cinema (Remapping World Cinemas), and research on Kodachrome and Pacific tourism in Discourses of Imperialism in the Pacific (Routledge).
Professor Geiger is a member of a number of professional organisations, including SCMS and BAFTSS, and a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute.
Ph.D. supervision areas include: film and visual media, including film practice as research; documentary, non-fiction, and ethnographic film and media; US cinema (especially studies of ethnicity and gender); transmedia; films of and about Asia / Pacific regions.
University of California, Los Angeles,
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 (1/1/2013 - present)
Director of Graduate Studies,
Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies,
University of Essex (1/1/2010 - 1/1/2013)
Director of the American Studies Centre,
University of Essex (2004 - 2008)