Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls


Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls

Assistant Professor, African American Literature & Culture

Affiliate Faculty: Africana Studies

BA, Smith College

MA, New York University

PhD, New York University



(e) smallss@stjohns.edu

(t) 718-990-2936

Professional affiliations: American Literature Society, American Society of Theatre Research, American Studies Association, Black Performance Theory, GL/Q Caucus, Modern Languages Association

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)
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, The Black Pacific, Psychoanalysis

Shanté Paradigm Smalls is a scholar, artist, and writer. Smalls’s teaching and research focuses on Black popular culture in music, film, visual art, genre fiction, and other aesthetic forms. Dr. Smalls is currently finishing thon’s (that one’s) 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’s writing has appeared in or is forthcoming in GL/Q, Women & Performance, Criticism, Lateral, American Behavioral Scientist, Suspect Thoughts, The Black Scholar, Syndicate Literature, the Oxford Handbook of Queerness and Music, and the Cambridge Companion to Queer Studies.

Find out more on Dr. Smalls’s tumblr

DMC and Greg Pak event (Oct 2015)

PhD Students
Raquel Corona
Regina Duthely (defended 3/30/2017)
Meghan Gilbert-Hickey (defended 5/16/2016)
Samantha McCalla
Erica McCrystal (defended 4/5/2016)
Tejan Wesak
Timm Woods

Other Universities:
Christine Capetola, UT Austin
Marthia Fuller, University of New Mexico

MA Students:

Michael Benjamin