Cassandra Shepard is a rising academic in the field of African-American History, slated to graduate with her doctorate from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Her research interests include diaspora relations, decolonization, post-colonial theory, the politics of reproduction, and disaster theory, particularly surrounding the rebuilding efforts in New Orleans post-Katrina. Although Shepard’s career is just beginning, she already published multiple articles on her research. In addition, she has presented her research at numerous conferences.
Some of Shepard’s most prominent publications include:
·“Gendering Etiquette” in XULAneXUS Undergraduate Research Journal, 2009
·“Rent-A-Dreads, Romanticism, and Rastafarianism: The Jamaican Sex Trade and Identity” in XULAneXUS Undergraduate Research Journal, 2010
·“Drop Squad.” in The Encyclopedia of Racism in American Film. Published by Rowman & Littlefield, 2018
·“Lucy.” in The Encyclopedia of Racism in American Film. Published by Rowman & Littlefield, 2018
·“The Colonial Continuum.” Columbia University’s Power: Climate, Infrastructure and Emergency Powers. 2019
·“The State of Prisons during Katrina.” Race, Crime, and Justice Encyclopedia. 2019
Shepard has also presented her research at numerous professional and academic meetings. A few of her presentations include:
·“Wash. Rinse. Repeat: Disaster & Settler States” at the Climate, Infrastructure, and Emergency Powers Workshop at Columbia University, 2018
·“Salient as Saltwater: The Post-Colonial in Post-Katrina” at the Water and Making of Place Conference at Princeton University in New Jersey, 2016
·“A Decade after Devastation: A Critique of New Orleans’ Rebuilding Process” at the Law and Society Association Annual Meeting in New Orleans, 2016
·“Gendered Etiquette” at the Festival of Scholars Undergraduate Conference in New Orleans, 2010
·“Rent-A-Dreads, Romanticism, and Rastafarianism: Sex Tourism and Identity Politics in Jamaica” at the Black Graduate Student Annual Research Conference in Evanston, Illinois, 2010
Shepard is likely to continue publishing her research in numerous conferences and publications in the future.