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Signs and Voices
Deaf Culture, Identity, Language, and Arts

Kristin A. Lindgren, Doreen DeLuca, and Donna Jo Napoli, Editors

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Shannon Allen has worked as a teacher with deaf children for ten years. She holds a BA in Linguistics and an M.Ed in Deaf education. She is currently Lead Teacher for ASL and English Bilingual Education at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf. She is also a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania in the Reading/Writing/Literacy program. Her research focuses on bilingual language and literacy planning for Deaf education.

H-Dirksen L. Bauman is a Professor of Deaf Studies at Gallaudet University where he directs the graduate program in Deaf studies. He is the co-editor of the book/DVD project, Signing the Body Poetic: Essays in American Sign Language Literature (University of California Press, 2006). He has published articles on sign language poetics, audism, and bioethical issues in Deaf studies and is the executive producer of the documentary film, Audism Unveiled.

Adrian Blue is a director, translator, storyteller, playwright, and actor who has been in theatre professionally for the last thirty-six years. He has directed more than sixty productions and translated more than thirty plays and novels, including children's books and several Shakespeare plays.

Brenda Jo Brueggemann is an Associate Professor of English, Women's Studies, and Comparative Studies at Ohio State University where she also serves as co-coordinator for both the ASL program and the Disability Studies undergraduate minor and graduate specialization. She is the author, co-author, editor, and co-editor of several books in disability studies and Deaf studies.

Teresa Blankmeyer Burke is a bioethicist and philosopher at Gallaudet University. She has worked in bioethics since 1986, starting her career by writing position papers for California Health Decisions, a grassroots advocacy organization. In addition to teaching at Gallaudet University, she currently serves as a consultant and instructor to the Ethics Institute at the University of New Mexico.

Peter S. Cook is an internationally reputed Deaf storyteller/poet. He has traveled extensively around the country and abroad with Flying Words Project to promote ASL Literature with Kenny Lerner since 1986. Peter has appeared in “United States of Poetry” (PBS) produced by Emmy winner Bob Holman and was featured at the National Storytelling Festival, Illinois Storytelling Festival, Hoosier Storytelling Festival, Tales of Graz in Austria, Deaf Way II, and the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center. Peter has worked with Deaf students in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Japan. He was invited to the White House to join the National Book Festival in 2003. Peter lives in Chicago and teaches in the ASL-English Interpretation Department at Columbia College. He loves to tell stories to his son.

David Corina is currently a faculty member at the Center for Mind and Brain at the University of California, Davis and holds appointments in the departments of Linguistics and Psychology. He received his Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from the University of California, San Diego, and an MA in Linguistics from Gallaudet University. He researches the neural organization of language and cognition in deaf and hearing individuals. He receives support from NIH-NIDCD, NIH-NIMH, and NIH-NIBIB.

Michael Davidson is Professor of Literature at the University of California, San Diego. His books include The San Francisco Renaissance: Poetics and Community at Mid-Century (Cambridge UP,1989), Ghostlier Demarcations: Modern Poetry and the Material Word (U of California ,1997) and Guys Like Us: Citing Masculinity in Cold War Poetics (U of Chicago, 2003). He has also published eight books of poetry, most recently The Arcades (O Books, 1998). Davidson has written extensively on disability issues and is completing a book on disability and cultural forms entitled Concerto for the Left Hand: Disability and Cultural Studies.

Doreen M. DeLuca has a BS Degree in Elementary Education and is certified in Deaf Education. Her Interpreter training work was completed in New Jersey and she is RID certified. Doreen has been working as a freelance Sign Language Interpreter in the Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia areas since 1990. She has taught ASL at Swarthmore College since 1999. She is co-author of a children's story book with a bilingual approach to reading for deaf children and their hearing peers, forthcoming from Gallaudet University Press. She is married and the mother of three.

Kristen Harmon is Associate Professor of English at Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C. In addition to her work in Deaf studies, Kristen has published academic articles in Disability Studies, ethnographic studies, feminist theory, and literary theory. She is also a creative writer with published short stories and creative non-fiction.

Tom Humphries is Associate Professor and Associate Director of Education Studies and Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of California, San Diego. He is author and co-author of several books and papers including A Basic Course in American Sign Language (TJ Publishers, Inc., 1980), Learning American Sign Language (Allyn & Bacon, 2004), Deaf in America: Voices from a Culture (Harvard University Press, 1988), and Inside Deaf Culture, (Harvard University Press, 2005).

Sotaro Kita is a Reader in the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham in the U.K. His main research area is psychology of language and communication. His research foci include gestures that spontaneously accompany speech and language development in children.

Heather Knapp is a doctoral candidate in Cognitive and Perceptual Psychology at the University of Washington. She investigates the neuropsychological representation of sign language phonology, specializing in visual and attentional aspects of sign perception. She received her M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin, and her B.S. in Neurobiology and Physiology from Purdue University. Her research is supported by pre-doctoral Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) F31 DC006796-01 through NIH-NIDCD.

Robert G. Lee is a Research Assistant in the American Sign Language Linguistic Research project as well as a doctoral student in linguistics at Boston University. He is also a Certified ASL-English interpreter. Robert is author or co-author of a number of chapters and articles about interpreting as well as the syntax of ASL.

Irene W. Leigh, a bicultural deaf psychologist, is Professor in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. Her presentations, research, and approximately fifty publications, including three books, have focused on deaf people and issues related to identity, multiculturalism, parenting, attachment, depression, and cochlear implants. Her service includes various voluntary positions within the American Psychological Association as well as a National Research Council panel. She is a member of various Deaf/deaf organizations.

Kenny Lerner is the voice of Flying Words Project and has been writing with Deaf poet Peter Cook since 1986. Flying Words was featured at the Peoples Poetry Gathering in New York City and at the thirty-sixth Poetry International Festival in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Peter and Kenny have also done a ten-week run at the Theatre de Lucernaire in Paris, France. In addition, Kenny was the principal organizer of the First National ASL Literature Conference held in Rochester, N.Y., in 1992. Kenny works at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf tutoring the history courses and teaching modern American history. He lives in the country with his wife, his sons, and two dumb dogs.

Kristin A. Lindgren teaches courses in literature, writing, Deaf studies, and disability studies at Haverford College in Haverford, Pennsylvania. Her recent work appears in Gendering Disability (Rutgers University Press, 2004), Disability/Teaching/Writing: A Critical Sourcebook (Bedford/St. Martin’s Press, 2007), and Illness in the Academy (Purdue University Press, 2007). She is currently completing a study of feminism, narrative, and disability.

Donna Jo Napoli is Professor of Linguistics at Swarthmore College. She completed undergraduate and doctoral degrees at Harvard University and then taught at several universities before settling at Swarthmore. She has published extensively in theoretical linguistics and in the past decade has worked on reading materials to enhance literacy skills, including materials designed specifically for deaf and hard of hearing children. She is the mother of five and also publishes fiction for children. http://www.donnajonapoli.com.

Carol Neidle is Professor of Linguistics and Director of the American Sign Language Linguistic Research Project (ASLLRP) at Boston University (http://www.bu.edu/asllrp/). ASLLRP researchers have been engaged in syntactic research (cf. Neidle et al., The Syntax of American Sign Language: Functional Categories and Hierarchical Structure, 2000), development of SignStream (software to facilitate linguistic annotation and analysis of visual language data), collaboration with computer scientists on sign language recognition from video, and dissemination of a growing corpus of annotated video data.

Peter Novak is an Associate Professor at the University of San Francisco (USF) where he also serves as chair of the Performing Arts Department. He received his doctorate in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from the Yale School of Drama and is the former Dean of Trumbull College at Yale University. He co-directs the Performing Arts and Social Justice major at USF, training young artists to engage the world through performance.

AslI Özyürek is a research scientist at the FC Donders Center for Cognitive Neuroimaging and Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Her main research concerns the relations between spontaneous gestures and speaking process in adults and children as well as crosslinguistic studies of sign languages, including Turkish and German sign languages and homesign systems.

David M. Perlmutter is Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at the University of California, San Diego. He has also taught at Brandeis University, M.I.T., and three Summer Linguistic Institutes. The central thrust of his research has been to confront linguistic theory with data from the widest possible range of languages, which led to discoveries about the role of grammatical relations in clause structure and to evidence for syllable structure in ASL. He pioneered the teaching of linguistics by actively involving students in grammar construction and has served as president of the Linguistic Society of America.

Ann Senghas is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Barnard College, where she conducts research on language development. She completed her doctoral studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1995, followed by postdoctoral work at the Sign Language Research Center at the University of Rochester, and at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in the Netherlands. She began studying Nicaraguan Sign Language in 1989, and has traveled to Nicaragua nearly every summer since then.

Ronnie B. Wilbur conducts research on the structure of natural signed languages. Her current projects include: (a) using robot-vision techniques to perform automatic sign recognition (with Avinash Kak, Purdue); (b) automatic recognition of ASL facial expressions (Aleix Martinez, Ohio State); (c) a basic grammar of Croatian Sign Language (with Ljubica Pribani , University of Zagreb); and (d) the role of event structure and nonmanuals in sign language syntax and semantics.

Kristin A. Lindgren is Director of the Writing Center and Visiting Assistant Professor of Writing Biography at Haverford College, Haverford, PA.

Doreen DeLuca is an RID Certified Interpreter who works in the Philadelphia, PA, and Washington, DC, areas.

Donna Jo Napoli is Professor of Linguistics, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA.

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