Samatha Sheppard

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Cinema and Media Scholar, Professor, Speaker, and Writer
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Samantha Sheppard Sporting Blackness
Samatha Sheppard From Madea to Media Mogul Theorizing Tyler Perry


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 A Black W/hole: Phantom Cinemas and the Reimagining of Black Women's Media Histories.  She has written for popular presses, including The Atlantic, Flash Art International 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

Samantha Sheppard in conversaton with Jonathan Van Ness
Samanth Sheppard at Chaz and Roger Ebert Symposium Diversity in Film
Samantha Sheppard in conversation with Spike Lee

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

Samantha Sheppard Voices and Visons in Blac Media
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