Amy Shuman

Professor
Core Faculty

Amy Shuman is a Professor in the English department specializing in folklore, narrative, and critical theory. She is author of books and articles on conversational narrative, literacy, political asylum, disability, food customs, feminist theory and critical theory. Shuman is a Guggenheim Fellow, the recipient of the 2007 College of Humanities Exemplary Faculty Award, the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Service Award, and the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Scholar Award. She served as Director of the Center for Folklore Studies (1995-2005) and also served as Director of Disability Studies (1995-2005). She is currently Director of the Diversity and Identity Studies Collective and is a Fellow of the Mershon Center for International Security. Shuman is author of Storytelling Rights: The Uses of Oral and Written Texts by Urban Adolescents; Other People's Stories: Entitlement Claims and the Critique of Empathy; and (with Carol Bohmer) Rejecting Refugees: Political Asylum in the 21st Century

Dr. Shuman is the co-coordinator of the Human Rights Working Group sponsored by the Humanities Institute.

the book, "Rejecting Refugees: Political Asylum in the 21st Century"thebook "Other People's Stories: Entitlement Claims and the Critique of Empathy"the book, "Storytelling Rights: The Uses of Oral and Written Text by Urban Adolescents"

Areas of Expertise
  • Narrative
  • Theory
  • Ethnic Identity
  • Critical Theory
  • Disability Studies
  • Literacy Studies
  • Asylum
  • Feminist Theory
Education
  • Ph.D., Folklore and Folklife, University of Pennsylvania, 1981
  • M.A., Folklore and Folklife, University of Pennsylvania, 1978
  • B.A., Philosophy and Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1975

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