Shanté Paradigm Smalls

PhD '11, MA '05

Shante Paradigm Smalls

Shanté Paradigm Smalls is a scholar, artist, and writer. Her teaching and research focuses on Black popular culture in music, film, visual art, genre fiction, and other aesthetic forms. Dr. Smalls is currently finishing her first scholarly manuscript, Hip Hop Heresies: Queer Aesthetics in New York City. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in ASAP/Journal, Women & Performance, Criticism, Lateral, American Behavioral Scientist, Suspect Thoughts, and Oxford University Press. She is an Assitant Professor of African American Literature & Culture at St. John's University in Queens, NY.


New York University

PhD - Performance Studies

New York, New York


New York University

Master of Arts - Individualized Study

New York, New York


Smith College

Bachelor of Arts

Northampton, Massachusetts

Awards & Distinctions

• 2016 CLAGS Best First Manuscript in LGBTQ Studies for manuscript-in-progress "Hip Hop Heresies: Queer Aesthetics in New York City"