UC Berkeley Department of Film and Media

Department of Film & Media UC Berkeley

People / Faculty

Permanent Faculty

Mark Sandberg

Professor & Chair of Film & Media, Professor of Scandinavian Studies

Pre-cinematic visual culture, silent film history, Scandinavian cinema, serial television, comedy.


  • 6408 Dwinelle Hall
  • 4:00PM-5:00PM Tuesday
    11:00AM-12:00PM Wednesday



Much of Mark Sandberg’s research has to date dealt mostly with late nineteenth-century visual culture and silent film as a medium. Other interests in Scandinavian cinema history and auteurs (Sjöstrom, Stiller, Dreyer, Bergman, von Trier) and contemporary serial television. He regularly teaches undergraduate courses on Film History, Silent Film Comedy, Serial Television, and Scandinavian auteurs. Recent graduate seminars have included topics such as Film Historiography, Pre-Cinema/Para-Cinema, and Cinema and Architecture. His current Film & Media research includes projects on the history and theory of location shooting and on seriality and trauma fictions in contemporary culture. Mark Sandberg also holds a joint appointment with the UCB Department of Scandinavian. 


Ibsen's Houses: Architectural Metaphor and the Modern Uncanny
Living Pictures, Missing Persons: Mannequins, Museums and Modernity