Cinema Studies
Department Chair:
Grace An

Administrative Assistant:
Sarah Pardee

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-6601
Fax: (440) 775-8684

Rice 116
10 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday: 9:00 AM - 3:45 PM

Joshua Sperling

Joshua Sperling

Visiting Assistant Professor

Contact Information


Lewis Annex 206
(440) 775-8404

Personal Office Hours:
Wednesday 11:00am – 1:00pm and by appointment

Joshua Sperling

Educational Background

  • B.A. University of California, Berkeley
  • M.F.A. Brooklyn College
  • Ph.D. Yale University

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 and Film Studies at Yale. My research moves between broad questions about narrative, experience and history and more microcosmic areas of focus. I am currently revising a dissertation on art and politics in the work of John Berger. I have also written on contemporary world cinema, Latin American cinema, and documentary film. Alongside my academic research I am at work on a documentary about modern dance and a collection of stories.