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Daniel Bernardi

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Interim Dean, College of Liberal & Creative Arts
Office & Hours: 
By appointment only
  • Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.A., University of Arizona, Tucson
  • B.A., University of Arizona, Tucson

Daniel Bernardi is a Professor in the Cinema Department and Interem Dean of the College of Liberal and Creative Arts 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 American and 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.

Selected Publications & Filmography: 
  1. Bernardi, D., Cheong P., Lundry C., and Ruston, S. Narrative Landmines: Islamist Extremism and the Uses of Rumor in the Struggle for Strategic Influence. In Press. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.
  2. Bernardi, D., ed. (2009). Filming Difference: Actors, Directors, Producers, and Writers on Gender, Race, and Sexuality in Film. Austin: University of Texas Press.
  3. Bernardi, D., ed. (2007). The Persistence of Whiteness: Race and Contemporary Hollywood Cinema. New York: Routledge.
  4. Bernardi, D., ed. (2001). Classic Hollywood, Classic Whiteness. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
  5. Bernardi, D. (1998) Star Trek and History: Race-ing toward a White Future. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.
  6. Bernardi, D., ed. (1996) The Birth of Whiteness: Race and Emergence of U.S. Cinema. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.
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