Professor Shuman teaches Folklore and Critical Theory. She is the author of articles on conversational narrative, literacy, politics, food customs, feminist theory and critical theory. She has published 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. Professor Shuman is a Guggenheim Fellow and a recent fellow at the Hebrew University Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem. She is also a recipient of the College of Humanities Exemplary Faculty Award.