Who Am I?

I am a historical geographer and currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology. I hold a Phd in Human Geography from the University of Sussex. My doctoral thesis is titled, ‘Chasing Ancestors: Searching for the origins of American Sign Language in Kent, 16-20-1851.’ Originally from western New York, my undergraduate degrees are from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at RIT.

My Research Work

Generally, my research focuses on the historical geographies and social histories of deaf people and their communities in Britain and the United States. It examines archival sources pertaining to deaf people during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The work, a series of case studies, relies upon the concepts of representation, individual identity, and group identity to query the beginnings of deaf group identity and deaf social networks.



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