Stephen Prince

Stephen Prince

Professor - Cinema Studies

Stephen Prince has taught film history, criticism, and theory at Virginia Tech for  20 years. His research and publications focus on violence in motion pictures, on Japanese director Akira Kurosawa and Japanese cinema, on the American film industry, on American film during the 1980s, and on political cinema. 

Contact Me

(540) 231-6014
251B Henderson Hall (0141)
195 Alumni Mall
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Areas of Expertise

  • Cinema Studies, Cinema History
  • Production/Research Areas: Film Criticism and History (especially Japanese Cinema and Movie Violence)
  • Teaching Areas: film history and criticism

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • M.A., University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A., University of Maryland

What do you most enjoy about your work?

The lively interaction with students, and the opportunity to share the great works of cinema history with students.

Name a play, film, or recording that has influenced you and that you would recommend to others. 

The films of Charles Chaplin, Akira Kurosawa and John Ford.  All the possibilities of cinema are contained in their work.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Past President of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies

Honors & Awards

  • Alumni Award for Excellence in Research 2012

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