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Shanté Paradigm Smalls

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., New York University
M.A., New York University
B.A., Smith College

Professional affiliations: American Literature Society, American Studies Association, Black Performance Theory

Awards and distinctions:
Woodrow Wilson National Foundation Career Enhancement Junior Faculty Fellowship/Mellon Foundation Fellowship  (2017-2018)
St. John’s University Faculty Recognition Award (2016, 2017)
CLAGS Fellowship Award for Best Manuscript in LGBTQ Studies (2016)
St. John’s University Center for Teaching and Learning Fellowship (2016-2018)
HASTAC Mentor (2015-2016)
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship (2011-2013)
American Psychoanalytic Association Mentor Program (2013)

Research Focus: Performance Studies, Black Studies, Hip Hop Studies, Gender & Sexuality, Aesthetics, Media Studies, Speculative Studies, The Black Pacific, Psychoanalysis

Shanté Paradigm Smalls is a scholar, artist, and writer. Smalls teaches and researches Black popular culture in music, film, visual art, genre fiction, and other aesthetic forms. Dr. Smalls is currently finishing their first scholarly manuscript, Hip Hop Heresies: Queer Aesthetics in New York City, which won the 2016 CLAGS Fellowship Award for best manuscript in LGBTQ Studies. Smalls’ writing has appeared in or is forthcoming in The Black ScholarGL/QWomen & PerformanceCriticismLateralAmerican Behavioral Scientist, Suspect ThoughtsThe Black ScholarSyndicate Literature, and the Oxford Handbook of Queerness and Music.

Shante Smalls