Karl Precoda


Karl Precoda

Advanced Instructor


251D Henderson Hall 
195 Alumni Mall 
Blacksburg, VA 24061


(540) 231-6486



Department Membership



  • Cinema History
  • Critical Theory
  • The Culture Industry
  • Dramaturgy

Professional Activities

  • Dramaturg for several shows on Virginia Tech Mainstage


  • Ph.D., University of Virginia
  • M.A., Humboldt State University
  • B.A., University of California - Los Angeles

Awards and Honors

Diggs Teaching Scholar, 2005.

College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Certificate of Teaching Excellence, 2004.

Department of Interdisciplinary Studies Commendation for Teaching Excellence, 2003.

Selected Publications


"Aesthetic or Movement? Fascism, Italian Neorealism, and Social Activism through Film" (with Thomas Ratliff), in Shawn Bingham, ed. The Art of Social Critique: Painting Mirrors of Social LIfe. (Lexington, 2012)

"Boats and Ships," in the Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, edited by Hans-Josef Klauck, Bernard McGinn, Choon-Leong Seow, Hermann Spieckermann, Barry Dov Walfish, and Eric J. Ziolkowski. (Walter de Gruyter, 2011)

“In the Vortex of Modernity: Reading Blackness, Blindness, and Insight” (with P.S. Polanah), Journal of Modern Literature 34.3. (2011)

“To Discipline and Publish: Scottsboro and Narratives of Delinquency” (with P.S. Polanah), Critical Criminology 17.3 (2009).

Grants and Sponsored Research

Women’s and Minority Scholars and Artists grant of $500 (with Anisa Zvonkovic, Human Development), 2014.

CLAHS South Atlantic Studies Initiative Award of $1000 (with Sam Cook, Department of Sociology), 2009.

Virginia Tech Office of Sponsored Programs grant of $8000 (with John Ballweg, Department of Sociology), 2003-04.

Additional Information

Advanced Instructor - Cinema Studies, Dramaturgy

Karl Precoda's cinema courses emphasize avant-garde, experimental, and documentary traditions.  Karl also serves as Dramaturg on department stage productions, including most recently Spring Awakening, Three Days of Rain, and Measure for Measure.

Karl is affiliated with the Department of Sociology and its programs in Africana, American Indian, and Women's and Gender Studies (where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on social and cultural theory).