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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 BA in Film & Television Studies and Women and Gender Studies from Dartmouth College and her MA and PhD 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,  2020). She is coeditor of the anthologies From Madea to Media Mogul: Theorizing Tyler Perry (University Press of Mississippi, 2016) with TreaAndrea Russworm and Karen Bowdre and Sporting Realities: Critical Readings on the Sports Documentary (University of Nebraska Press, 2020) with Travis Vogan. She has published essays in Film Quarterly, The Velvet Light Trap, 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, Flash Art International, Docalogue, and Los Angeles Review of Books.

She is currently working on two book projects. The first, Screening Basketball, is under contract with Rutgers University Press. The second project is tentatively titled A Black W/hole: Phantom Cinemas and the Reimagining of Black Women's Media Histories.

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  • Africana Studies and Research Center
  • American Studies Program
  • Feminist, Gender & Sexuality 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


Spring 2021

Fall 2021