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A Fair Chance in the Race of Life
The Role of Gallaudet University in Deaf History

Brian H. Greenwald and
John Vickrey Van Cleve, Editors

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Benjamin Bahan
Ben Bahan is professor of Deaf Studies at Gallaudet University. He has published dozens of articles related to the field of Deaf Studies and ASL linguistics and coauthored such books as Journey into the DEAF-WORLD and The Syntax of American Sign Language. He prefers to be known as an ASL storyteller and has produced and appeared in several videos.

Hansel Bauman
Hansel Bauman is a San Francisco–based architect and planner currently leading the Deaf Space Project at Gallaudet University. Bauman is teaching a course in Deaf space and architecture at the university while also developing the Gallaudet Deaf Campus Design Guide. He received his master’s degree in architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angles, where he later served as a design studio instructor. Over the past twenty years his work has explored the interrelationship between cultural-identity architecture through work in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

David de Lorenzo
From 1980 to 1988, David de Lorenzo was University archivist and head of special collections at Gallaudet University. From 1988 to 1997, he held the position of curator of manuscripts and archives at Harvard Law School until his appointment as the France-Merrick Library director at the Maryland Historical Society (1997–2001). Since 2001, he has been associate director and head of technical services, the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, and holds the academic rank of librarian with distinguished status. He is also an adjunct professor at San Jose State University’s School of Library and Information Science, where he teaches courses on archives and records management.

Noah D. Drezner
Noah D. Drezner is assistant professor of Higher Education in the Department of Education Leadership, Higher Education, and International Education at the University of Maryland, College Park. He holds a B.A. from the University of Rochester, an M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania, a graduate certificate in nonprofit leadership from Roberts Wesleyan College, and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Drezner’s research interests include philanthropy and fund raising as it pertains to higher education. He is an associate editor of the forthcoming book, Philanthropy, Fundraising, and Volunteerism in Higher Education.

Brian H. Greenwald
Brian H. Greenwald is associate professor of history at Gallaudet University. He was the chairperson for the conference “150 Years on Kendall Green: Celebrating Deaf History and Gallaudet,” from which these articles are drawn. Greenwald’s B.A. is from Gallaudet, and he was one of the first two President’s Fellows at Gallaudet University. He received his Ph.D. in history from the George Washington University in 2006. His articles have appeared in The Deaf History Reader and Genetics, Disability, and Deafness.

I. King Jordan
I. King Jordan served as president of Gallaudet University from 1988 until his retirement in 2006. The university’s first deaf president, he earned a B.A. in psychology from Gallaudet in 1970. The following year he earned an M.A., and in 1973 a Ph.D., both in psychology and both from the University of Tennessee. A former professor of psychology and dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Gallaudet, Jordan also has been a research fellow at Donaldson’s School for the Deaf in Edinburgh, Scotland; an exchange scholar at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland; and a visiting scholar and lecturer at schools in Paris, Toulouse, and Marseille, France. He holds eleven honorary degrees and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Presidential Citizen’s Medal, the Washingtonian of the Year Award, the James L. Fisher Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the Larry Stewart Award from the American Psychological Association, and the Distinguished Leadership Award from the National Association for Community Leadership. Jordan is president emeritus of Gallaudet University.

Sandra Jowers-Barber
Sandra Jowers-Barber is assistant professor of history at the University of the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C. She teaches courses in United States history, African American history, and women’s history and directs the Oral History Center. A native of Atlantic City, New Jersey, she holds a doctorate in United States history from Howard University. Her research interest is disability history with a focus on the African American deaf community. She is a member of the American Historical Association, the National Black Deaf Advocates, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, and the Association of Black Women Historians.

Marieta Joyner
Marieta Joyner holds a B.A. in African American studies/psychology, an M.A. in sociology from the University of Massachusetts at Boston, and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her area of research focuses on African American studies, culture, and ethnic studies. She has taught at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and Amherst, Roxbury Community College, and Brandeis University. She has several journal publications and is currently working on a book about the education of Deaf African Americans after the Civil War to the 1954 historic Brown v. Board of Education decision.

Christopher Krentz
Christopher Krentz is assistant professor of English and American Sign Language and director of the American Sign Language Program at the University of Virginia. He is author of Writing Deafness: The Hearing Line in Nineteenth-Century American Literature and editor of A Mighty Change: An Anthology of Deaf American Writing, 1816–1864.

Christopher A. N. Kurz
Christopher A. N. Kurz holds a B.S. in mathematics from the Rochester Institute of Technology and both an M.A. in deaf education and a Ph.D. in foundations of education from the University of Kansas. His dissertation concerned mathematics education for deaf students during the nineteenth century. Deaf himself, Kurz is assistant professor in the instructional faculty at the Rochester Institute of Technology, specializing in mathematics education.

James M. McPherson
James M. McPherson is the author of over a dozen books. In 1989, he received the Pulitzer Prize for Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era. In 1998, his book, For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War, received the Lincoln Prize. McPherson was named the “Jefferson Lecturer in the Humanities” in by the National Endowment of the Humanities in 2000, the highest honor the federal government “bestows for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities.” McPherson is past president of the American Historical Association. His latest publication is This Mighty Scourge: Perspectives on the Civil War. He is the George Henry Davis ’86 Professor Emeritus of Princeton University.

Michael J. Olson
Michael J. Olson graduated from Gallaudet University with a B.A. in history in 1979. He did graduate work in library science at the University of Maryland. He began employment in the Gallaudet University Archives in 1981, where he processes many personal papers of Deaf individuals and organizations. He has given numerous lectures about the Gallaudet archives and tours of Gallaudet’s archives facilities to students, alumni, individual researchers, and groups. He currently is a Gallaudet University archives technician as well as a member of Deaf History International and the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

Lindsey M. Parker
Lindsey M. Parker is a doctoral student in women’s history at the Ohio State University. She received an M.A. in Deaf Studies from Gallaudet University in 2005 and previously earned a B.A. in sign language studies from Madonna University. She has contributed to The Encyclopedia of American Disability History and At the Intersections: Deaf Studies Meets Disability Studies.

Ronald E. Sutcliffe
Ronald E. Sutcliffe graduated from Gallaudet College in 1959, and he holds a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. He has served as professor in the Department of Business Administration and dean of the School of Management at Gallaudet. Currently, he is the executive director of the National Deaf Business Institute and dean emeritus at Gallaudet.

John Vickrey Van Cleve
John Vickrey Van Cleve taught history at Gallaudet University for thirty-one years. He also served in various administrative capacities, including chair of the history department. He was an executive director in Administration and Finance when he retired. Van Cleve is the author of numerous articles about deaf history and culture, coauthor of A Place of TheirOwn: Creating the Deaf Community in America; editor-in-chief of the GallaudetEncyclopedia of Deaf People and Deafness; editor of Genetics, Disability, and Deafness, Deaf History Unveiled: Interpretations from the New Scholarship; and The Deaf History Reader; and coeditor of The Study of Signed Languages: Essays in Honor of William C. Stokoe. He is now professor emeritus at Gallaudet University.

Brian H. Greenwald is a professor in the Department of History, Philosophy, Religion, and Sociology at Gallaudet University.

John Vickrey Van Cleve is Professor Emeritus of History at Gallaudet University.

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