Schumann III, William

Dr. William Schumann, III
Director of Freshman Seminar and Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Contact Information:
203D Swarts Hall

Degrees and Credentials:
Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Florida 2005
M.A. Political Science, Appalachian State University 2000
M.A. Appalachian Studies: Sustainable Development, Appalachian State University 1999
B.S. Anthropology, Appalachian State University 1994

Academic Focus:
At Pitt-Bradford Dr. Schumann has taught Applied Anthropology, Modern Culture and Society, State and Local Government, Social Research Methods, Cultures and Economies, Political Anthropology, Introduction to Environmental Studies, Appalachian Culture, Practicing Anthropology, Anthropology of Soccer, Ecological Anthropology and a Freshman Seminar course on Food and Culture.

Short Bio:
Dr. Schumann came to Pitt-Bradford as a visiting instructor in 2010 when his wife, Dr. Jessie Blackburn was hired as assistant professor of English at Pitt-Bradford, and permanently joined the anthropology department in 2011. Prior to that, he was assistant professor of anthropology at Arkansas Tech University in Russsellville, Ark. He has also taught at Emory and Henry College in Emory, Va., Berea College in Berea, Ky., and Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C.

Research, Accomplishments, and Publications:
Dr. Schumann has many interests, but tries to focus on Appalachian and Welsh studies, particularly the economic development of these regions. He pursues studies in anthropological and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of government, democracy and civil society; political and cultural change in Wales, U.K.; ethnic minority politics and European integration; environmental politics and social movements; and service learning, community-based and applied approaches to education. He is the author of the 2009 book "Toward an Anthropology of Government: Democratic Transformationsa nd Nation Building in Wales."