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Samantha Noelle Sheppard

Mary Armstrong Meduski '80 Assistant Professor

Samantha Noelle Sheppard

Schwartz Ctr-Performing Arts



Dr. Samantha N. Sheppard is the Mary Armstrong Meduski ’80 Assistant Professor of Cinema and Media Studies in the Department of Performing and Media Arts at Cornell University. She received her bachelor's degree in Film & Television Studies and Women and Gender Studies from Dartmouth College and her master's degree and doctorate in Cinema and Media Studies from University of California, Los Angeles. She also holds a graduate certificate in Women's Studies from UCLA's Department of Gender Studies.  

She is the author of Sporting Blackness: Race, Embodiment, and Critical Muscle Memory on Screen (University of California Press, forthcoming 2020). She is coeditor of the anthologies From Madea to Media Mogul: Theorizing Tyler Perry (University Press of Mississippi, 2016) and Sporting Realities: Critical Readings on the Sports Documentary (University of Nebraska Press, forthcoming 2020). She has published essays in Film Quarterly, Cinema Journal, Journal of Sport History, Journal of Sport and Social Issues, and Black Camera: An International Journal and the anthologies L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema (University of California Press, 2015) and Race and the Revolutionary Impulse in The Spook Who Sat by the Door (Indiana University Press, 2018). She has also written for The Atlantic, Docalogue, and Los Angeles Review of Books.

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  • Africana Studies and Research Center
  • American Studies Program
  • Performing and Media Arts

Graduate Fields

  • Africana Studies and Research Center
  • Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program
  • Theater Arts


  • American Studies Program
  • Minority, Indigenous, Third World Studies Research Group


Fall 2020


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