Dr. Schumann is an assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Management and Disaster Science. Before joining the faculty at UNT, he worked as a research associate with the Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute documenting housing reconstruction after Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi and Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey. He also has experience as a special programs coordinator and sociocultural researcher with non-profit historical societies across the southeast and as a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technician with the engineering firm AECOM.
A human geographer by training, Dr. Schumann’s research interests include community recovery, social vulnerability, cultural memory, risk perception, and participatory GIS. His publications have appeared in a variety of scholarly journals, including Risk Analysis, Weather, Climate and Society, Applied Geography, and Environmental Hazards. His photovoice research exploring local knowledge on long-term recovery received a Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement grant from the National Science Foundation. He has also received funding from the Natural Hazards Center for collaborative research on gathering places after Hurricane Harvey and an ongoing study examining conflicts between wildfire recovery and mitigation in northern California. Currently, Dr. Schumann is collaborating with an interdisciplinary team at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center examining community recovery from destructive wildfires across the US.