Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls

Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls (They/Them)

Associate Professor, Black Studies

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 (2021, 2019, 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, Music & Sound Studies, Speculative Studies, The Black Pacific, Psychoanalysis, Ethnographic methods (esp. interviews, participant-observation, field research)

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’ first book, Hip Hop Heresies: Queer Aesthetics in New York City (June 2022, NYU Press), which won the 2016 CLAGS Fellowship Award for best manuscript in LGBTQ Studies is forthcoming June 2022. 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 QED: A Journal of GLTBQ Worldmaking, 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 and Faculty in the Institute for Critical Race & Ethnic Studies at St. John’s University. 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. They are a former Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at Davidson College, the Fellowship for Citizen and Scholars (formerly Woodrow Wilson), and the James Weldon Johnson Postdoctoral Fellowship at Emory University.

They are a Series Editor of Critical Race, Indigeneity, and Relationality at Temple University Press

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


DMC and Greg Pak event (Oct 2015)

PhD Students
Sonia Adams (ABD)
Nouf Arige
Tina Iemma (ABD)
Stephen Ikeme
Amity Nathaniel (ABD)
Justine Wilson (ABD)
Simone Smith

Other Universities:
Angela Mosely, IDSVA (ABD)

Raquel Corona, (defended Jan 2021), Lecturer, Queensborough Community College, CUNY
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
Samantha McCalla (defended April 2020)
Erica McCrystal (defended 4/5/2016), Graduate Director of the Master of Education in Educational Practice, Centenary University
Tejan Wesak (defended March 2020), Lecturer, Columbia University
Timm Woods (9/05/2017)

Other Universities:
Christine Capetola, UT Austin (defended April 2019): Assistant Professor, UC Fullerton
Marthia Fuller, University of New Mexico (defended June 2020)
Maria Eugenia López-Garcia, University of New Mexico (defended July 2019): Postdoctoral Fellowship in Museum and Exhibition Studies, University of Illinois, Chicago

MA Students:
Jaymi L. Grullon
Kayla Wilson (completed April 2020)
Geziell Nash (completed May 2019)
Michael Benjamin (completed May 2017)

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