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Karen Schaumann-Beltran

Associate Professor

  • Sociology (SOC)

  • M.A. Eastern Michigan University
  • B.S. Eastern Michigan University

Karen is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Departmental Representative.  She has contributed to Roberto Rodriguez’s’ X Column in “Thirteen Steps to Heaven for Ramona,” and wrote “The First Americans” for LaVoz Latina as well as a book chapter on Native American mascots in American Indians at Risk (Ian Jeffrey Ross, ed). Recently, her oral and tribal history with Passamaquoddy elder David Francis was published by the University of Maine.  Her work as an applied sociologist and anti-poverty activist is included in Cheryl Joseph’s (ed.) "Putting Sociology to Work" and “Our Social World,” by Jeanne Ballantine and Keith Roberts (second edition).  She regularly presents research at conferences, including the Michigan Sociological Association, North Central Sociological Association, the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology, as well as local and state historical conferences and presentations in the Native American community.   Karen has also led a number of oral history projects with Detroit area elder activists whose numbers are rapidly dwindling.  These elders are the unsung heroes and heroines of historic civil rights and anti-poverty movements.

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