Samantha Sheppard

Assistant Professor of Cinema and Media Studies

Department and Program Affiliations:
Performing & Media Arts

Academic Focus:
Cinema and Media Studies; Black cultural production/production cultures; African American Cinema; Sports Films; Cultural Studies; Television History; Feminist Film/Feminist Film History

Current Research Project:
Completing a manuscript titled “Sporting Blackness: Race and Embodiment in Sports Films” and an edited collection titled “From Madea to Media Mogul: Theorizing Tyler Perry” (forthcoming University of Mississippi Press 2016)

Previous Position:
Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Performing and Media Arts, Cornell University (2014-2015)

Academic Background:
B.A., Film & Television Studies and Women & Gender Studies, Dartmouth College, 2007
M.A., Cinema and Media Studies, School of Theater, Film and Television, University of California, Los Angeles, 2009
Ph.D., Cinema and Media Studies, School of Theater, Film and Television, University of California, Los Angeles, 2014

Last book read:
"Citizen: An American Lyric" by Claudia Rankine and "Bad Feminist: Essays" by Roxane Gay

In your own time/when not working:
Running; re-watching The Golden Girls; going to the movies; finding good coffee spots

Courses you're most looking forward to teaching:
Playing Out Difference: History and Social Identity in Sports Films and Introduction to African American Cinema

What most excites you about Cornell:
I am most excited about working in an interdisciplinary department with engaging, artistic, and collaborative faculty and students.