Shanté Paradigm Smalls
Assistant Professor of American Studies
In Fall 2013, I joined the American Studies Department at the University of New Mexico as a tenure-track Assistant Professor where I teach courses on gender and race, hip hop, popular culture, and race and speculative culture. I am a former Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow & Visiting Assistant Professor in the English Department at Davidson College (NC).
My book project, Hip Hop Heresies: New York City's Queer Aesthetics uses critical race theory, hip hop studies, and queer theory to consider how New York City hip hop music, visual art, and film offers “queer articulations” of race, gender, and sexuality.
My subsequent book project: Androids, Cyborgs, Others: Black Futurism, Black Fantasy, investigates black post-humanism from the 19th century to the present.
My interests are in performance studies, hip hop studies, American popular culture, critical race theory, Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalysis, Afro-Asian culture, queer theory and culture, feminism, graphic novels, Shaw Brothers martial arts films and speculative fiction and SF.
I am the co-editor of “All Hail the Queenz: A Queer Feminist Recalibration of Hip Hop Scholarship,” a special issue of Women & Performance with Jessica Pabon and have publications published or forthcoming with Oxford University Press, NYU Press, and American Behavioral Scientist.