• 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 Ph.D. 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 is due out from Verso in both the UK and North America in 2018.


  • 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.