Wesley Shumar, PhD

Department Head, Culture & Communication; Professor of Anthropology

Wesley Shumar

Office: PSA 117
Phone: 215.895.2060


  • PhD, Cultural Anthropology, Temple University, 1991

Research Interests

  • New Media
  • Social Space
  • Ethnography and Education
  • Semiotic of Consumer Culture


Wesley Shumar is a cultural anthropologist.

Since 1997 Wesley Shumar, PhD, worked as an ethnographer at the Math Forum, a virtual math education community and resource center. Currently he is Principal Investigator on The Math Forum's Virtual Fieldwork Sequence: a three-year NSF project at the Math Forum that is investigating the potential of this online educational community to affect the culture of math education for preservice teachers. He was also a co-Principal Investigator on Leadership Development for Technology Integration: Developing an Effective NSDL Teacher Workshop Model. This project is a three-year NSF project to develop and refine a hybrid workshop model that supports teachers to integrate National Science Digital Library (NSDL) resources and technologies into their classrooms with an immediate goal to directly engage over 1,000 teachers, grades 5-9.


  • Porpora, D. & Shumar, W. Self Talk and Self Reflection: A View from the U.S., in Margaret S. Archer (Ed.) Conversations about Reflexivity. London, New York: Routledge, 2010.
  • Shumar, W. Interaction, Imagination and Community Building at the Math Forum. In D. Akoumianakis (Ed.), Virtual Community Practices and  Social Interactive Media. Hershey, PA: IGI Global Inc, 2009.
  • Joyce Canaan and Wesley Shumar (Eds.) Structure and Agency in the Neoliberal University. New York: Routledge, 2008.
  • K. Ann Renninger and Wesley Shumar (Eds.). Building Virtual Communities: Learning and Change in Cyberspace. Cambridge University Press, 2002.
  • College for Sale: A Critique of the Commodification of Higher Education. London: Falmer Press, 1997.