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, 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.
Hip Hop Heresies is under contract with NYU Press and forthcoming in late 2020.
Smalls’s writing has appeared in The Black Scholar, GLQ, Women & Performance, Criticism, Lateral, American Behavioral Scientist, Suspect Thoughts, Syndicate Literature, and the Oxford Handbook of Music and Queerness. Dr. Smalls is currently an Assistant Professor of Black Literature & Culture at St. John’s University in New York City and a 2019-2020 Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the James Weldon Johnson Institute at Emory 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.
To see more, go to Dr. Smalls’s website: http://shanteparadigm.com