Daniel Bernardi

Interim Dean, College of Liberal & Creative Arts and Professor, Department of Cinema

Contact Information

Office: FA 245

Phone: (415) 338-1629



Daniel Bernardi is Professor and Chair of the Cinema Department, and Director of the Documentary Film Institute at San Francisco State University (SFSU). Bernardi's research explores the representation and narration of cultural difference, including race, gender, and sexuality in film, television, and popular culture. He is currently extending this work to address culture conflict, transmediation, and the shifting American narrative in the Middle East, Latin America, and the Pacific.

A Naval Reserve officer, he has served in Iraq (2009-10), Indonesia (2010), Oceania (2011) and Vietnam (2012), among other areas of the world. He is the author of Star Trek and History: Race-ing Toward a White Future (Rutgers University Press, 1998), co-author of Narrative Landmines: Rumors, Islamist Extremism and the Struggle for Strategic Influence (Rutgers University Press, 2012), editor of five books on ethnicity and race in American cinema, and the author of numerous articles on early cinema, U.S. television and new media.