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Cinema and Media Scholar, Professor, Speaker, and Writer
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Dr. Samantha N. Sheppard writes extensively on issues of race, gender, and representation in cinema and media. She is the author of Sporting Blackness: Race, Embodiment, and Critical Muscle Memory on Screen  (University of California Press, 2020) and coeditor of the anthologies Sporting Realities: Critical Readings of the Sports Documentary (University of Nebraska Press, 2020) and From Madea to Media Mogul: Theorizing Tyler Perry (University Press of Mississippi, 2016). 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 Phantom Cinema: Black Feminist Film That Never Was.  She has written for popular presses, including The Atlantic and Los Angeles Review of Books. For more of her academic and popular writing, see PUBLICATIONS


Dr. Sheppard is a professional speaker who discusses a range of issues in film, television, and digital media and hosts conversations with film and media industry professionals. For past and upcoming talks and presentations see EVENTS

Voices and Visions in Black Media

Dr. Sheppard organizes a lecture series that brings distinguished scholars to Cornell to discuss Black media.

For past and upcoming lectures see VOICES & VISIONS