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Shanté Paradigm Smalls

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

In September 2014, Dr. Smalls joined the English Department at St. John’s University (NYC) as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of African American Literature & Culture where she will teach courses on Af Am Lit & Culture, global blackness, hip hop, queer theory, and race and genre fiction. She is a former tenure-track Assistant Professor of the American Studies Department at the University of New Mexico (2013-14) and a former Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow & Visiting Assistant Professor in the English Department at Davidson College (2011-2013). 

Her current book project, a revision and expansion of her doctoral dissertation, is Hip Hop Heresies: New York City's Queer Aesthetics which uses critical race theory, hip hop studies, and queer theory to consider how New York City hip hop music, visual art, and film offers “queer articulations” of race, gender, and sexuality.

Her subsequent book project: Androids, Cyborgs, Others: Black Futurism, Black Fantasy, investigates black post-humanism from the 19th century to the present.

Her interests are in performance studies, hip hop studies, American popular culture, critical race theory, Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalysis, Afro-Asian culture, queer culture and feminism, graphic novels, Shaw Brothers martial arts films and speculative fiction and SF.

She is the co-editor of “All Hail the Queenz: A Queer Feminist Recalibration of Hip Hop Scholarship,” a special issue of Women & Performance with Jessica Pabon and have publications published or forthcoming with Oxford University Press, LateralCriticism, and American Behavioral Scientist.

She is a member of the Sexual Politics/Sexual Poetics Collective: A Queer Theory Working Group.

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