Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls


Shanté Paradigm Smalls, PhD is a student of our lineage holder, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and has been practicing in Shambhala since 2006. Dr. Smalls is a Shambhala Path Meditation Instructor and Mentor and was authorized as a teacher in the Shambhala lineage in 2015.

Shanté regularly teaches in Shambhala as well as to corporate and nonprofit groups, and private students. Dr. Smalls is also the NYC Center’s Rusung or Area Protector.

Dr. Smalls is also a performer and performance studies scholar who works at the intersection of blackness, popular culture, and critical theory. Their writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Black Scholar, GLQ, Criticism, Lateral, Women & Performance, American Behavioral Scientist, Suspect Thoughts, and the forthcoming volumes The Oxford Handbook of Queerness and Music, and The Cambridge Companion to Queer Studies.

Dr. Smalls is currently a 2017-2018 Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellow and is finishing their first scholarly book, Hip Hop Heresies: Queer Aesthetics in New York City, which won the 2016 CLAGS Fellowship Award for Best First LGBTQ Book Project.