Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls

Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls (They/Them)

Associate Professor, Black Studies

Affiliate Faculty: Critical Race & Ethnic 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, African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS), Black Performance Theory, Black Women’s Studies Association

Awards and distinctions:
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference, Emory University (2019-2020)
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)
American Psychoanalytic Association Mentor Program (2013)
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship (2011-2013)

Research Focus: Performance Studies, 19th C- 21st C 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 recently finished their first scholarly manuscript, Hip Hop Heresies: Queer Aesthetics in New York City (forthcoming NYU Press), which won the 2016 CLAGS Fellowship Award for best manuscript in LGBTQ Studies. Hip Hop Heresies is the first of its kind—placing queerness, hip hop, and black aesthetics in conversation with one another to argue that New York City hip hop cultural production from the 1970s to the mid-2010s inherently employs “queer articulations” of race, gender, and sexuality.

Smalls’s writing has appeared in ArtLeaks Gazette (SUNY Albany), The Black ScholarGL/QWomen & PerformanceCriticismLateralAmerican Behavioral Scientist, Suspect Thoughts, Syndicate Literature, and the Oxford Handbook of Queerness and Music. Dr. Smalls is currently an Associate Professor of Black Studies at St. John’s University in New York City. Dr. Smalls received their PhD in Performance Studies from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, their MA in Performance Studies from NYU, and their BA in English and Theatre from Smith College.

To see more, go to Dr. Smalls’s website: http://shanteparadigm.com


DMC and Greg Pak event (Oct 2015)

PhD Students
Sonia Adams (ABD)
Racquel Corona (ABD, Lecturer, English, QCC-CUNY)
Tina Iemma (ABD)
Steven Ikeme
Angela Mosely (ABD, IDSVA)
Amity Nathaniel (ABD)
Justine Wilson (ABD)


Sam McCalla (4/7/2020)
Tejan Waszak (3/28/20)
Timm Woods (9/05/2017): Professional Game Master
Regina Duthely (defended 3/30/2017): Assistant Professor, English, University of Puget Sound
Meghan Gilbert-Hickey (defended 5/16/2016): Assistant Professor, English, Guttman Community College, CUNY
Erica McCrystal (defended 4/5/2016): Part-Time Faculty, Centenary University)

Other Universities:
Christine Capetola, UT Austin (defended 4/4/2019, VAP, Tulane University)
Marthia Fuller, University of New Mexico (ABD)
Maria Lopez, University of New Mexico (defended June 2019, Postdoctoral Fellow, Latinx Studies, University of Illinois-Chicago)

MA Students:
Kayla Wilson (completed May 2020)
Geziell Nash (completed May 2019)
Michael Benjamin (completed May 2017)

Other Universities:
Katrina DeWees, Wesleyan University (completed May 2018)