George Mason University, 2021
PhD, History and Art History
Specialties: US History, Digital History, American Religious History
Dissertation: “With Eloquent Fingers He Preached: the Episcopal Mission to the Deaf”
Gallaudet University, 2011
MA, Deaf Studies: Deaf History, “Not Consolidation But Absorption: A Historical Examination of the Controversy at St. Ann’s Church for the Deaf”
MA, Deaf Studies: Cultural Studies, “Both and Neither; the Hearing Line in Twentieth Century Coda Literature”
University of Iowa, 2007
BA, Anthropology, Minor in Sociology, Certificate in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies, Certificate in Sexuality Studies
Academic and Research Positions:
Assistant Professor, History; Gallaudet University, August 2021-present
Lecturer; Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, University of Iowa, August 2018-August 2021
Graduate Research Assistantship, Public Projects Division; Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University, August 2015-2018
Digital History Fellowship; Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University, August 2013-2015
Instructor; Utah Valley University, August 2012-2013
Lecturer, Utah Valley University, August 2011-July 2012
Publications and Scholarly Work:
“Exploring the Promise of Digital Deaf Histories,” Sign Language Studies, vol. 17 no. 1, 2016, pp. 42-58.
“Sign Language Rights: European and International Perspectives, Conference Proceedings,” with Christine Brown, Rebecca Furland, and Sophara Sok, Deaf Studies Digital Journal 3, Spring 2012.
“’Unchurched, Unchampioned and Undone;’ The St. Ann’s Church Controversy,” in In Our Own Hands; Essays in Deaf History, 1780-1970, eds. Joseph Murray and Brian Greenwald, Gallaudet University Press, 2016.
“Writing Resistance: Edwin A. Hodgson and the Controversy at St. Ann’s,” in Telling Deaf Lives; Agents of Change, Gallaudet University Press, 2014.
“Sound and (Not) Belonging: The Role of Sound and Silence in Shaping CODA Experience,” Proceedings of the Deaf Studies Today! Conference, Utah Valley University, Orem, UT, 2012.
“Social Media Strategy,” with Megan Brett. Building Histories of the National Mall; A Guide to Creating a Digital Public History Project, October 2015.
“Histories of the National Mall,” Project Associate, 2014-2015.
“PHP Tutorial,” for Clio 3 students, Fall 2014.
“Website Review: Prohibition; a Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick,” as Digital History Fellow, Fall 2013.
“Tech for Teachers Review: ThingLink,” as Digital History Fellow, Fall 2013.
“From ‘Hearing-Loss’ to Deaf-gain,” with Sophara Sok. RID VIEWS, Fall 2010: 32-34.
“Deaf Culture & Community,” with Beth Benedict. Hands and Voices, Fall 2008.
Website redesign, Disability History Association, Summer 2016. With Celeste Sharpe.
“The Church Mission to Deaf –Mutes, 1873-1879,” Digital Mapping Project, Fall 2014.
“Twenty Years of RRCHNM History,” Network Visualization, Fall 2014. With Ken Albers, Peter Jones, Lincoln Mullen, Patrick Murray-John, Allison O’Connor, Faolan Cheslack-Postava, and Amanda Regan.
Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media 20th Anniversary site, November 2014. Website development, as Digital Fellow with Amanda Regan and Anne Ladyem McDivitt.
“The Congregation Divided: A History of Deaf Religious Segregation, 1895-1955,” Web Design and Development, Spring 2014.
THATCamp Topic Modeling with Mallet, Topic Modeling and Blogging with Digital History Fellows Amanda Regan and Anne Ladyem McDivitt, Spring 2014.
“American Annals of the Deaf and Dumb,” Topic Modeling Project, Fall 2013.
Honors and Activities
Office of the Provost, Summer Research Fellowship, Summer 2017
George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.
Louise and Rudolf Fishel New Media Fellowship, Summer 2016, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.
Historical Society of the Episcopal Church Research Grant, Fall 2015, the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church, Appleton, WI.
C.W. Bright Pixel Prize for History and New Media, Spring 2015, for “Church Mission to Deaf-Mutes, 1873-1879”, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.
Presidential Fellowship for Faculty Scholarship Grant, “Utah Deaf History Project” 2012, Utah Valley University, Orem, UT. With Dr. Bryan Eldredge.
Graduate School Research Writing Award, May 2011, Gallaudet University, Washington D.C.
Conferences and Presentations
“Historical Deaf Space & Place,” March 2021, Presented at the Deaf Studies Today! Conference, Utah Valley University
“Deaf History and Digital Preservation,” September 2018, Presented at the Iowa Deaf Senior Citizens Conference, Anamosa, Iowa.
“Teaching Graduate Students to Code,” contributor to poster session with Dr. Lincoln Mullen, January 2015, American Historical Association conference, New York.
“Written Resistance: Alice T. Terry and Edwin A. Hodgson,” April 2014, with Kati Morton at the Deaf Studies Today! Conference, Utah Valley University.
“DeafActivism: A Historical Examination of Deaf People and Oppression,” November 2012, keynote at Oppression: the Power of Subtlety Conference, Utah Valley University.
“Writing Resistance: Edwin A. Hodgson and the Controversy at St. Ann’s,” July 2012, presented at the Deaf History International Conference, Toronto, Canada.
“Sound and (Not) Belonging: The Role of Sound and Silence in Shaping CODA Experience,” April 2012, Presented at the Deaf Studies Today! Conference, Utah Valley University.
“The Controversy at St. Ann’s Church for the Deaf,” February 2012, presented at Celebrating Deaf Iowa; University and Community Perspectives, University of Iowa.
“The Hearing Line,” November 2011, keynote at Oppression: Unmasked Conference, Utah Valley University.
“Living the Line; Coda Lit and the Hearing Line,” March 2011, presented at the University of Bristol, Center for Deaf Studies, Bristol, England.
“The Church Mission to Deaf-Mutes, 1873-1879,” December 2014, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media.
“Rev. Thomas Gallaudet and the St. Ann’s Controversy,” December 2010, presented at the Deaf History Lecture Series, Gallaudet University.
Additional Teaching Experience
George Mason University:
Doing Digital History 2016 summer institute, July 2016, Project Associate, George Mason University.
Graffiti Houses: The Civil War from the Perspective of Individual Soldiers, June and July 2016, Graduate Research Assistant, George Mason University.
DC History Grad Zotero Workshop, with Mandy Regan, October 2015, George Mason University.
Building a Digital Portfolio; DH for Art History Graduate Students summer institute, July 2015, Mentor, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University.
DH Bridge; Encouraging Computational Thinking and Digital Skills in the Humanities, October 2014, Coach, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University.
Adjunct; Summer 2015
Graduate Teaching Assistant; Dr. Joseph Murray, Fall 2010