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Adam M. Geary, PhD.

About Adam M. Geary, PhD.

I am an anti-disciplinary scholar coming out of the History of Consciousness tradition of the University of California at Santa Cruz (Ph.D. 2004).  My training is in critical theory, continental philosophy, and psychoanalysis, attentive to the persistence of the religious in the structurings of knowledge, subjectivity, and violence.  My object of inquiry has been the US AIDS epidemic. My first book, Antiblack Racism and the AIDS Epidemic: State Intimacies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), examined the role of antiblack state violence in producing the social vulnerability and embodied susceptibility to HIV infection that have organized the US AIDS epidemic.  Continuing from the discoveries of that book, I am currently developing a psychoanalysis of HIV and AIDS, attending to the unconscious processes involved in the formation of disease knowledges, pragmatics, and politics, especially as those processes are refracted through antiblack racism and homophobia.


"Anti-Black racism has been central to the structuring of HIV vulnerability in the U.S. and globally."  Interview with Ted Kerr.  The Visual AIDS Blog.  February 25, 2015.  https://www.visualaids.org/blog/.

Antiblack Racism and the AIDS Epidemic: State Intimacies.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

"Inessential theory: Culture and AIDS risk governance."  Eä: Journal of Medical Humanities and Social Studies of Science & Technology 2.3 (April 2011).  http://www.ea-journal.com.

"Culture as an object of ethical governance in AIDS prevention." Cultural Studies 21, nos. 4-5 (July/September 2007): 672-694.

Areas of Study

  • Feminist & Queer Theories
  • Critical Health & AIDS Studies
  • Black Studies
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Critical Theory

Professor Geary is willing to advise doctoral comprehensive lists in the following fields:

  • Psychoanalysis / Psychoanalysis of Race
  • Foucault / Foucault Studies
  • Theories of Subjectivity
  • Feminist Theory
  • Black Feminism
  • Queer Theory
  • Gay Theory / Studies
  • HIV / AIDS Studies
  • Critical Health Studies



Ph.D. History of Consciousness. University of California, Santa Cruz. 2004.

M.A. Theology/New Testament. Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA. 1995.

B.A.  Religious Studies. The College of Wooster, Wooster, OH. 1991.

Courses Taught

  • Feminist Theories (GWS 305)
  • Queer Theories (GWS 309)
  • Feminist Interpretations of Health (GWS 487 & 587)
  • GWS Senior Capstone (GWS498)
  • History of Modern Sexualities (GWS 202)
  • Moral Politics (GWS 605)
  • Psychoanalysis and Cultural Theory (GWS 645)
  • Feminist Theories (GWS 539)
  • Critical Pessimisms (grad)
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Contact Information

Adam M. Geary, PhD.
Associate Professor (Career Track)
Telephone: (520) 621-2166
Office: GWS 109C