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Samantha Noelle Sheppard

Mary Armstrong Meduski '80 Assistant Professor

Schwartz Ctr-Performing Arts



Dr. Samantha N. Sheppard 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.  

Dr. Sheppard is the co-editor of From Madea to Media Mogul: Theorizing Tyler Perry (University Press of Mississippi, 2016). Her published and forthcoming essays appear in several journals and anthologies, including: Cinema Journal​, Film Quarterly, Journal of Sports History, Journal of Sport and Social Issues, L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema, TV Memories: Love Letters to Our Television Past, Race and the Revolutionary Impulse in The Spook Who Sat by the Door, and Black Camera.

Dr. Sheppard writes extensively on Black cultural production and production cultures. She is currently working on a manuscript titled Sporting Blackness: Race, Embodiment, and Critical Muscle Memory on Screen



  • 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


  • Black Cultural Production
  • African American Cinema  
  • Sports Cinema
  • Television Studies  
  • Feminist Media Studies
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Film and Social Change
  • ·Cultural Studies


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