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Cassandra Shepard

Teaching Assistant  •  Evanston, IL, US  •  

Cassandra Shepard is well-regarded for her vast expertise in numerous professional spheres, including disaster and emergency management, where she developed, organized, and taught college-level writing classes that concentrated on myriad topics including history, politics, and ethics. For more information visit here Cassandra Shepard

Education

Northwestern University

Doctor of Philosophy

African American Studies & Certificate in Teaching

DISSERTATION: Salient as Saltwater: the Post-Colonial in Post- Katrina


The University of Chicago

June 2011

Master of Arts

Social Sciences, Concentration in History & Gender 

THESIS: Depictions of Unequal Access: An Analysis of the Congressional Debates of the 1976 Hyde Amendment.

Xavier University

May 2010

Bachelor of Sciences, Cum Laude History major, Women’s Studies minor 

SENIOR ESSAY: Rent-A-Dreads, Romanticism, and Rastafarianism: The Jamaican Sex Trade and Identity

Zumbi Dos Palmares

Summer 2009

Study Abroad Exchange Program

New York University

Spring 2008

Domestic Exchange Program

Work Experience

School of Art Institute of Chicago

August 2012 - September 2017

Part-time Faculty; Instructor

  • Created, planned, and taught college-level writing courses whose content focused on the history, politics, and ethics of reproduction and abortion. Also taught courses on disaster. 
  • Taught approximately 15 students per semester 

Northwestern University

September 2012 - present

Teaching Assistant

  • Introduction to African American History
  • The Civil Rights Movement
  • Race, Class, and Gender
  • Gender and Black Masculinity
  • History of the Black World
  • African American and Asian Historical Relations in the US
  • led discussion section for 60 students

Institute of Reading Development New Orleans, LA and Chicago, IL

Summer 2010 - 2011

Instructor

  • Taught reading comprehension, college preparation and study skills, note-taking skills, and speed reading techniques using the absorption method. 
  • Taught approximately 12 - 16 classes, consisting of 30 students each

Xavier University 

August - December 2009

Lead Oral Historian

  • Worked under a research grant for the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Gathered 10 Oral History Interviews for a project entitled, “Community Restoration in the 9th Ward, Post- Hurricane Katrina: an Oral History Project”
  • Advised by: Wendy Gaudin, PhD

XULAneXUS: Undergraduate Research Journal New Orleans, LA

September 2009 - May 2010

Editor

  • Served as committee member for both Humanities and Fine Arts boards
  • Reviewed, accepted, declined admissions for undergraduate research journal for two semesters

Jack and Jill New Orleans

December 2009

Independent Contractor / Instructor

  • Taught reading group consisting of approximately 15 students
  • Assembled ‘The Art of Reading’ workshop
  • Coordinated with Green Screen Adventures of MeTV

New Orleans Outreach

August 2007 - May 2008

Administrative Assistant

  • Worked at New Orleans Science & Math Charter School
  • Created, managed, and coordinated 10 after-school enrichment programs
  • Oversaw daily maintenance of programs
  • Interacted with faculty, parents, and students
  • Assisted with teaching poetry classes

Research Experience

Archivist and Oral Historian, Newspaper Archives and Community Oral History

2015 - 2017

Dissertation in progress: “As Salient as Salt Water: the Post-Colonial in Post-Katrina.”

   Advisor: John D. Marquez, PhD.

Archivist, Congressional Records

2010 - 2011

“Depictions of Unequal Access: An Analysis of the Congressional Debates of the 1976 Hyde Amendment.”

  Advisor: Jane Dailey, Ph.D.

Lead Oral Historian, Family History 

2010 - present

“Remembering Our Roots: the Stokes Descendants.”

  Personal Project.

Lead Oral Historian, National Endowment for the Humanities

2009

Xavier University Oral History Project, "Community Restoration in the 9th Ward, Post- Hurricane Katrina: an Oral History Project.”

  Advisor: Wendy Gaudin, Ph.D.

Lead Oral Historian, Xavier University’s Philosophy Department.

2009

“Relationship Bonds and Strains at St. Margaret’s Nursing Facility: a Post-Hurricane Katrina Oral History.”

   Advisor: Drew Chastain, Ph.D.

Publications

Shepard, Cassandra. “Bad, Bourgeois, and Beyonce`”

2017

Submitted to the Louisiana Times Picayune.

Shepard, Cassandra. “Wash. Rinse. Repeat.”

2017

Submitted to The Louisiana Weekly.

Shepard, Cassandra. “Broomhilda Unchained: A Tale of Resistance or Reliance?”

2017

Submitted to The Journal of Slavery and Abolition.

Shepard, Cassandra. “Drop Squad.” The Encyclopedia of Racism and Film.

2016

Accepted, Publication in Progress.

Shepard, Cassandra. “Lucy.” The Encyclopedia of Racism and Film.

2016

Accepted, Publication in Progress.

Shepard, Cassandra. “Rent-A-Dreads, Romanticism, and Rastfarianism: The Jamaican Sex Trade and Identity.”

2010

XULAneXUS Undergraduate Research

Journal, 7.2. Spring 2010.

Shepard, Cassandra. “The Last Seconds in Forever.” New Voices Literary and Art Journal.

2010

Spring 2010

Shepard, Cassandra. “Gendering Etiquette.”XULAneXUS Undergraduate Research Journal,

2009

7.1. Fall 2009.

Shepard, Cassandra. “Just Happy.” New Voices Literary and Art Journal, Vol. 14.

2007

Fall 2007.

Presentations

“Wash. Rinse. Repeat: Disaster & Settler States.” Climate, Infrastructure, and Emergency Powers Workshop. Columbia University, New York. April 2018.

“Salient as Saltwater: the Post-Colonial in Post Katrina.” Water and the Making of Place Conference. Princeton University, New Jersey. October 2016.

“A Decade after Devastation: A Critique of New Orleans’ Rebuilding Process.” Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana. June 2016.

“A Decade after Devastation: A Critique of New Orleans’ Rebuilding Process.” Black Graduate Student Annual Research Conference. Evanston, IL. May 2016.

“A Decade after Devastation: A Critique of New Orleans’ Rebuilding Process.” African American Studies Department Graduate Symposium. Evanston, IL. May 2015.

“Broomhilda Unchained: A Tale of Resistance or Reliance?” African American Studies Department Graduate Symposium. Evanston, IL. May 2014.

“Rent-A-Dreads, Romanticism, and Rastafarianism: Sex Tourism and Identity Politics in Jamaica.” Black Graduate Student Annual Research Conference. Evanston, IL. May 2013.

“Rent-A-Dreads, Romanticism, and Rastafarianism: Sex Tourism and Identity Politics in Jamaica.” Festival of Scholars Undergraduate Conference. New Orleans, LA. April 2010.

“Gendered Etiquette.” Festival of Scholars Undergraduate Conference. New Orleans, LA. April 2010.

“Rent-A-Dreads, Romanticism, and Rastafarianism: Sex Tourism and Identity Politics in Jamaica.” Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference. Lafayette, LA. March 2010.

“Teen Pregnancy: Does it Matter Here? (Xavier University).” Festival of Scholars Undergraduate Conference. New Orleans, LA. April 2009.

“Rent-A-Dreads, Romanticism, and Rastas: the Jamaican Sex Trade and Rastafarianism as Linked by Babylon.” Festival of Scholars Undergraduate Conference. New Orleans, LA. April 2009.

 The Career Profile of Cassandra Shepard 

Cassandra Shepard is an established teacher's assistant at Northwestern University who has been instrumental to the success of her students throughout her career as an instructor and scholar. She tackles an extensive list of tasks on a daily basis, including helping with educational activities, organizing course content, facilitating lesson plans, implementing instructional methods, and evaluating and assessing students on their academic performance.  


Cassandra has helped teach a wide range of age groups during her lifetime. For example, she worked at New Orleans Outreach, where she helped direct the operations of a Science and Math Charter school and assisted with the planning of after-school programs for pupils. In addition, she maintained a position at the Institute of Reading Development in the cities of New Orleans and Chicago, where she became familiar with lesson planning, reading center organization, and one-on-one tutoring.  


Moreover, Cassandra Shepard has extensive experience teaching college-level courses at high-quality universities, such as the Art Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University. While working at the Art Institute as a teacher, she established, planned, and taught numerous undergraduate writing courses to help pupils polish, sharpen, and refine their research abilities, critical thinking skills, and writing aptitude. 


Throughout her time as an instructor, Cassandra has developed exceptional communication skills that allow her to interact productively with her students and colleagues. Her patience, calm behavior, capacity to articulate intricate information in an understandable manner, problem-solving abilities, conflict resolution and commendable multi-tasking skills have made her an asset in the classroom. 

Know About Cassandra Shepard's Professional Work Experience

Cassandra Shepard is a high-achieving Ph.D. student whose research focuses include the politics of reproduction, post-colonial theory, gender studies, disaster theory, and diaspora. 

Cassandra Shepard: A Rising Academic

Cassandra Shepard’s research interests include diaspora relations, decolonization, the politics of reproduction, and disaster theory. She also holds a master’s degree in Social Sciences with a concentration in History and Gender.

Cassandra Shepard Outstanding Organizer

Cassandra Shepard is a highly skilled organizer who strives to ensure that all of her academic projects are completed in an efficient and timely manner.


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