Jeffrey Geers

Adjunct
College of Arts and Sciences: Communication

  • Location: Zehler Hall Room 310
  • Phone: 937-229-5588
  • Email: Contact

Profile

Jeff Geers has interests in media and popular culture. In addition to teaching at UD, he is finishing his doctoral studies at Bowling Green State University. His dissertation, which he notes “has sort of taken over my life right now” (as dissertations are prone to do), examines the way individual authors/artists/creators manage to introduce distinctly innovative creations within established serial narratives. Specifically, he is looking at how popular comic books (especially superhero comics) attempt to address 50+ years of ingrained continuity and character development, balancing actual artistic creativity within stabilizing commercial/industry pressures.  He has also done research with American popular film and television, especially in regards to genre and celebrity in contemporary American films.

Jeff’s work has been published in Graduate Film Studies Journall and International Journal of Comic Art. In addition to his teaching, Jeff has contributed to UD as member of the university’s Film Studies Planning Committee (2003-present). He is a member of the Popular Culture Association and the American Culture Association.

Faculty Perspective

"As cliché as it may sound, I really like the sense of community here at UD - people smile at each other as they walk around campus! In my time as a student and an instructor, I’ve found that everyone seems excited about being here, as the University seems to really attract proactive personalities who are not only interested in learning, but are driven to make a positive change in the world around them."

Degrees

  • ABD, Bowling Green State University
  • M.A., University of Dayton (2006)
  • B.A., University of Dayton (2004)

Research Interests

  • Cultural Criticism, Myth Criticism
  • Narrative and Intertextuality
  • Film, Media, and Popular Culture, Celebrity Culture
  • Humor Studies, Comic Books
  • Propaganda Analysis
  • Rhetoric and Trauma