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Amy ShumanProfessor
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B.A., Philosophy and Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz (1975)
M.A., Folklore and Folklife, University of Pennsylvania (1978)
Ph.D., Folklore and Folklife, University of Pennsylvania (1981)

Amy Shuman is professor of English and director of the Diversity and Identity Studies Collective (DISCO) program at The Ohio State University. She is also co-coordinator of the Human Rights Working Group sponsored by the Humanities Institute.

Shuman specializes in folklore, narrative, and critical theory. She is the author of articles on conversational narrative, literacy, political, food customs, feminist theory and critical theory. Her books include Storytelling Rights: The Uses of Oral and Written Texts by Urban AdolescentsOther People's Stories: Entitlement Claims and the Critique of Empathy; and Rejecting Refugees: Political Asylum in the 21st Century (with Carol Bohmer).

Shuman has been named a Guggenheim Fellow and fellow at Hebrew University Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem. She received Oiho State's Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2016, Distinguished Scholar Award in 2015, and Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award in 2014.

Faculty Links
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
Department web page
High-resolution photo

Media Links
English Department: Shuman wins Distinguished Teaching Award (2016)
Mershon Center: Shuman wins 2015 Distinguished Scholar Award (2015)
English Department: Shuman awarded grant for 2015 workshop (2015)
Mershon Center: Shuman wins Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award (2014)
onCampus: BookTalk (2009)

Mershon Projects
Research on Human Rights, with Wendy Hesford (2017-18)
Migration, Political Asylum, and Human Trafficking, with Wendy Hesford (2016-17)
Global Human Rights, Sexualities, Vulnerabilities Symposium (2012-13)
Gender and States of Emergency (2010-11) 
Human Rights: Confronting Images and Testimonies (2009-10) 
Political Asylum Policy and International Security (2007-08)
Cultural Circulations (2005)
Political Asylum in the 21st Century (2003)
Ethnicity, Heritage and Migration (2000-01)