Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls

Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls

Assistant Professor, Black 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 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’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 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’s writing has appeared in or is forthcoming in The Black Scholar, GL/Q, Women & Performance, Criticism, Lateral, American Behavioral Scientist, Suspect Thoughts, The Black Scholar, Syndicate Literature, and the Oxford Handbook of Queerness and Music.

Dr. Smalls’s Publications: http://shanteparadigm.com/publications

DMC and Greg Pak event (Oct 2015)

PhD Students
Raquel Corona
Samantha McCalla (ABD)
Tejan Wesak (ABD)
Sonia Adams

Timm Woods (9/05/2017)
Regina Duthely (defended 3/30/2017): Assistant Professor, English, University of Puget Sound
Meghan Gilbert-Hickey (defended 5/16/2016): Assistant Professor, Guttman Community College, CUNY
Erica McCrystal (defended 4/5/2016)

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

MA Students:

Michael Benjamin (completed May 2017)

Other Universities:

Katrina DeWees, Wesleyan University