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Amy Shuman

Amy Shuman

Amy Shuman

Professor Emerita, Department of English


Areas of Expertise

  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Folklore
  • Critical Studies
  • Disability Studies
  • Narrative
  • Political Asylum


  • PhD, 1981, University of Pennsylvania
  • BA, 1975, University of California, Santa Cruz

Author of articles on conversational narrative, literacy, political,food customs, feminist theory and critical theory and 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. Guggenheim Fellow and fellow at the Hebrew University Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem. Recipient of the College of Humanities Exemplary Faculty Award, 2007.