Amy Shuman

Amy Shuman

Amy Shuman

Department of English

566 Denney Hall 

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

Professor and Director of the Diversity and Identity Studies Collective at OSU (DISCO)


Author of articles on conversational narrative, literacy, political asylum, 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
  • Rejecting Refugees: Political Asylum in the 21st Century (with Carol Bohmer) 
  • The Stigmatized Vernacular (with Diane Goldstein), ed.
  •  Political Asylum Deceptions: The Culture of Suspicion (cover.pdf) (with Carol Bohmer)  

Fellowships and Awards

  • Guggenheim Fellow and fellow at the Hebrew University Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem
  • Recipient of the College of Humanities Exemplary Faculty Award, 2007
  • Arts and Science Distinguished Scholar Award, 2015
  • The Arts and Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award, 2016