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Karl Precoda

Karl Precoda, Senior Instructor

Karl Precoda, Senior Instructor
Karl Precoda, Senior Instructor

School of Performing Arts
251D Henderson Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-9740 | karlp@vt.edu

Karl Precoda is Senior Instructor in the School of Performing Arts/Cinema, with a joint appointment in the Department of Sociology, where he is core faculty in American Indian Studies and Africana Studies.  He is affiliated with Women’s and Gender Studies and ASPECT, the Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought. 

Precoda’s cinema courses emphasize avant-garde, experimental, and documentary traditions, and explore the histories of oppositional filmmaking more broadly, including the production, exhibition, and consumption of images of African Americans and American Indians.  He also serves as dramaturg for many School of Performing Arts' productions and teaches graduate theory courses for the Africana and American Indian Studies programs.

  • Cinema History
  • History of the Avant-Garde
  • Dramaturgy for Stage and Screen
  • African-American Cinema and Culture
  • American Indian and Indigenous Studies
  • PhD, University of Virginia 
  • MA, Humboldt State University 
  • BA, University of California - Los Angeles
Dramaturgy for stage productions (selected)
  • Macbeth the Murderer (Spring 2020)
  • The Santaland Diaries (Fall 2019)
  • [title of show] (Spring 2019)
  • Histoire du Soldat (+ co-director; Fall 2018)
  • Mr. Marmalade (Spring 2017)
  • Hotspur! (Spring 2016)
  • Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Fall 2015)
  • Fool for Love (Spring 2015)
  • Spring Awakening: The Musical (Spring 2014)
  • Three Days of Rain (Spring 2014)
  • Measure for Measure (Spring 2013)
  • Pinter Works (Fall 2012)
  • La Ronde (Spring 2012)
  • Twelfth Night (Fall 2011)
  • The Fantasticks (Spring 2011)
  • Persephone (Fall 2010)
  • You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (2010)

Films (selected)

  • Metamorphosis (co-producer, 2020)
  • Splits (associate producer, 2020)
  • Sundown (co-producer/cinematography, 2019)
  • East of Pulse (co-producer/cinematography, 2017)
  • Hysteresis of the Millennium (co-producer/cinematography, 2017)
  • An Index of Possibility (cinematography, 2017)
  • CLAHS Diversity Award, 2020
  • Presidential Principles of Community Award (with the Virginia Dares team), 2019
  • Diggs Teaching Scholar, 2005-06
  • CLAHS Certificate of Teaching Excellence, 2004

Journal Articles

"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).

  • 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.
  • Critical Indigenous Theory (graduate)
  • Theories in Africana Studies (graduate)
  • Black Film Before Spike Lee
  • American Indians in Cinema
  • Documentary Cinema History
  • Avant-Garde and Experimental Cinema
  • Underground Cinema and Culture
  • Revolutionary Cinema

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