Nathaniel LaCelle-Peterson

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Graduate School Student
1st Year Graduate Student Film and Media Studies/Comparative Literature


I am interested in the history of notions of form and their material cultures. Through a focus on the problematic materialities of extraction, I seek to better understand the matrix of labor, nature, and technology in a range of accounts of twentieth century cultural history, critical and media theory, and in literature and film.
Previously, I studied literature and media at Cornell University (BA) and the Freie Universität Berlin (MA) and worked as a managing editor for projects in the “Anthropocene Formations” group at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin.

Here at Yale I am also a Graduate Fellow in the Environmental Humanities at the Whitney Humanities Center.


Research Interests

Critical theory, media studies and poetics, critical extraction studies, history of science, 20th-century cultural-environmental history, marxisms, 19th- and 20th-century intellectual history, media aesthetics, translation, genre theory, documentary forms.

Working Languages

English, German, Spanish

Education History

Freie Universität Berlin (MA)
Cornell University (BA, summa cum laude)