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The Deaf History Reader

John Vickrey Van Cleve, Editor

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Reginald Boyd attended the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf and the Model Secondary School for the Deaf in Washington, DC. He graduated from the latter in 1974 and from Gallaudet University in 1981. An instructional technology specialist at the Texas School for the Deaf, his avocation is reading and researching deaf history.

Barry A. Crouch, widely published in Reconstruction History and the coauthor of A Place of Their Own: Creating the Deaf Community in America, was a professor of history at Gallaudet University at the time of his death.

Mary French is a Technical Writer at Vanu, Inc., in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Brian H. Greenwald, an assistant professor of history at Gallaudet University, received a B.A. in history from Gallaudet in 1996 and a Ph.D. in American History from George Washington University in 2006. His dissertation examined Alexander Graham Bell’s involvement in the American eugenics movement.

Harlan Lane is the author of numerous books about the history and culture of deaf people, including When the Mind Hears: A History of the Deaf and A Deaf Artist in Early America: The Worlds of John Brewster, Jr. He is Matthews University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology, Northeastern University.

Harry G. Lang has published several books in the areas of deaf studies and deaf biography, including Edmund Booth: Deaf Pioneer and A Phone of Our Own: The Deaf Insurrection Against Ma Bell. He is a professor in the Department of Research and Teacher Education at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, a college within the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Kent R. Olney Chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Professor of Sociology at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois. He received an M.A. from Gallaudet University in 1985. His Ph.D. dissertation (University of Oregon, 1999) is entitled Religion and the American Deaf Community: A Sociological Analysis of the Chicago Mission for the Deaf, 1890–1941.

Richard Pillard is Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine.

Jill Hendricks Porco graduated from Gallaudet University in 1993 with a degree in history. She currently serves as the production coordinator for Gallaudet University Press.

Michael Reis is a 1970 graduate of the Indiana School for the Deaf and a 1975 graduate of the University of Tennessee. Since 1991 he has been developing a statewide history of deaf people in Indiana. He disseminates his findings through published articles, a historical yearbook, exhibits, short stories, and local newsletters. His writing has previously appeared in the anthology Deaf History Unveiled: Interpretations from the New Scholarship.

John Vickrey Van Cleve is a former professor of history at Gallaudet University. He is the co-author of A Place of Their Own: Creating the Deaf Community in America and editor of several books, including Deaf History Unveiled: Interpretations from the New Scholarship, and Genetics, Disability, and Deafness.

John Vickrey Van Cleve is former Professor of History at Gallaudet University, Washington, DC.

ISBN 1-56368-359-8, 978-1-56368-359-6, 6 x 9 paperback, 256 pages, figures, tables, references, index


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