Joshua Sperling.
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies and Creative Writing


  • PhD, Yale University
  • MFA, Brooklyn College
  • BA, University of California, Berkeley


After graduating from Berkeley, I spent several years traveling and teaching in Europe (mainly Spain and Belgium) before embarking on a PhD in comparative literature, film, and media at Yale.

My research explores the interface of private and political experience in a range of media cultures from 1945 to the present. I have written or lectured on postwar European painting, global political modernism, neo-classical Hollywood, and digital documentary practice.

My first book on the British storyteller and visual theorist John Berger was published by Verso in both the UK and North America in 2018.


  • Joshua Sperling Published in Aeon

    December 5, 2019

    Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies and Creative Writing  Joshua Sperling's essay about John Berger was published in Aeon.

  • Sebastiaan Faber Interviews Joshua Sperling

    September 6, 2019

    Professor of Hispanic Studies Sebastiaan Faber interviewed Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies and Creative Writing Joshua Sperling about his biography of John Berger. The conversation was published in the Brooklyn Rail.

  • Joshua Sperling Writes Book

    February 25, 2019

    Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies Joshua Sperling wrote A Writer of Our Time: The Life and Work of John Berger. Sperling has held several talks about the book at locations including the London Review of Books, BOZAR, School of Visual Arts, McNally Jackson, and Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles.


Winter Term in Oberlin: 2020

February 24, 2020
Winter Term is a time of year when Oberlin students are encouraged to conduct independent or group projects outside of courses related to their majors. Pursuits can be done on or off campus with students choosing to work almost anywhere on the map. This year we highlight some of the work by the more than 900 students who completed projects in Oberlin.