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Credentials: PhD

Dr. Robinson is Associate Professor of Deaf Studies. An undergraduate alumni of Gallaudet University, he is also a member of the first cohort of Deaf Studies M.A. students at Gallaudet, earning his M.A. with a concentration in deaf history in 2004. 

 

After Gallaudet, he earned his PhD from The Ohio State University. His PhD is in history with specialization in women/gender and sexuality, African-American, and modern U.S. history with a focus on social movements through critical race and gender lenses. His dissertation examined respectability politics and ableist rhetoric in the mainstream [white] American deaf cultural community from 1880-1956. After his Ph.D., he taught ASL and Deaf Studies for a number of years before coming to Gallaudet. His research agenda centers disability as a critical framework in relations between deaf people and signed language interpreters. His current projects include essays on crip speech as a shared site of power and oppression; the perception of sign language interpreters as performers; and the role of whiteness in shaping respectability politics in the mainstream [white] American deaf cultural community. 

He has written about the place of signed languages in the academy (https://dsq-sds.org/article/view/6111) and the role of disability in language (https://psyarxiv.com/7bzaw). 

  • HIS-731 Hist. of the American Deaf Com (2012/02)(01)
  • DST-703 Deaf Cultural Studies (2020/01)(01)
  • DST-780 Deaf Stds Master's Proj I (2020/01)(02)
  • DST-499 Independent Study (2020/01)(OL1)
  • DST-499 Independent Study (2020/01)(OL2)
  • DST-710 Cltural Prac in the Df Commnty (2020/02)(01)
  • DST-781 Deaf Stds Master's Prj II (2020/02)(01)
  • DST-781 Deaf Stds Master's Prj II (2019/02)(02)
  • DST-781 Deaf Stds Master's Prj II (2020/02)(04)
  • DST-790 Deaf Studies Internship (2020/02)(01)
  • ASL-745 Sign Lang Teach, Cult and Hist (2020/03)(OL1)
  • ASL-745 Sign Lang Teach, Cult and Hist (2020/03)(OL2)
  • ASL-745 Sign Lang Teach, Cult and Hist (2020/03)(OL3)
  • ASL-745 Sign Lang Teach, Cult and Hist (2020/03)(OL4)
  • DST-703 Fund in Deaf Cultural Studies (2021/01)(01)
  • DST-780 Deaf Stds Master's Proj I (2021/01)(02)
  • DST-781 Deaf Stds Master's Prj II (2021/01)(02)
  • DST-795 Special Topics (2021/01)(OL1)
  • DST-781 Deaf Stds Master's Prj II (2020/01)(OL2)
  • Honey, It's Not About You, White Fragility (2020/01)
  • Conducting Oral History Interviews (2020/02)
  • Letter of Recommendation fo Student (2020/03)
  • Guest Speaker Language Attitudes (2021/01)
  • Guest Visit: Brian Greenwald (2021/01)
  • Guest Visit: Lindsay Dunn (2021/01)
  • Ableist Rhetoric in deaf Community (2020/02)
  • Enforcing Normalcy (2020/02)
  • Translating Asymmetry – Rewriting Power
  • Linguistic Discrimination in Higher Education
  • Palgrave Handbook of Imposter Syndrome in Higher Education
  • The Right to Be Deaf
  • Seven Manifestations of Impostor Syndrome for Deaf Academics
  • Signs of Oppression in the Academy
  • "Embodying Disability as Spectacle: Sign Language Interpreters and the Media"
  • The Politics of Nice: Ableism in Discursive Practices
  • Abled Arrogance: Not Hearing Fragility
  • Hearing Happiness: Deafness Cures in History by Jaipreet Virdi (review)
  • Teaching Sign Languages
  • "Should We Take Matters into Our Own Hands?… That is the Question"!
  • The Vice Presidential Debates
  • John Lewis: Good Trouble Panel
  • Black, Deaf women are missing from Netflix's Deaf U. Critics say it's misleading and dangerous.
  • Loyalties in Deaf History: Gender, Marriage, and Transnational Discourses
  • Disability in the time of Covid-19
  • Spectacle of Sign Language Interpreting
  • The Personal is Historical: Creating narratives through reciprocal processes
  • Unsettling Languages, Unruly Bodyminds: Imaging a Crip Linguistics
  • Deaf in the Archives: Martha's Vineyard
  • Translation of Sign Languages as Disaster Entertainment
  • Valuing Deaf Input in Accessibility AI Research
  • Gender and Historical Memory in Deaf Protests
  • Crip Linguistics
  • Legacy of Eugenics in Deaf Discourses
  • Sociolinguistic Justice in Higher Education: A Panel on Research and Remedies
  • Let us teach our sign languages! Deaf people vindicating their expertises in teaching their sign languages
  • Deaf, Disabled?
  • Crip Linguistics and Language Policy
  • Hand in Hand: Crip Access and Intimacies in Linguistics
  • Linguistic Inquietude: Inserting Disability (unironically) in Signed Language Linguistics Research
  • Sounding Out the Archives: Deaf Archives and Histories
  • Cripping the Archive
  • Nonconformity and signed language interpreting: (dis)uttering expletives
  • Introducing Crip Linguistics
  • Are there broken languages for broken people? [tentative]
  • Hidden Approaches and Practices in Institutional Translation and Interpreting
  • Reading Against the Grain: Sensing the Archive
  • Toxic Ableism Among Signed Language Interpreters
  • Deaf Exceptionalism for Interpreters
  • Crip Linguistics, Linguistic Carework, and Signed Language Interpreting
  • Shaped By the American Dream: Deaf History through Deaf Art- (Terra Foundation for American Art)
  • Revitalizing Deaf Studies: Theorizing the Contemporary- (National Endowment for the Humanities)
  • Andrew Biskupiak-Deaf Studies (Masters) 2019/02-2021/01
  • Celina Rossier-Deaf Studies (Masters) 2019/02
  • Qiwei Li-Deaf Studies (Masters) 2020/01
  • William Henry Baldwin-Philosophy (Honors) 2020/02
  • Rachel Cherian-Deaf Studies (Masters) 2020/02-2021/01
  • Kristina McKinnie-Deaf Studies (Masters) 2021/01
  • Stephanie Leigh Ann Cowan-Deaf Studies (Masters) 2021/01
  • Erik Jeune-Deaf Studies (Masters) 2021/01
  • Uncontrolled: Member 2020/02
  • Disability One Stop Center Accessibility Committee 2020/01
  • Dawes Legacy Committee 2020/01
  • DST MA Curriculum Revisions 2020/01
  • Schuchman Deaf Documentary Center 2015/02
  • Graduate School Open House 2020/01-2020/01
  • Hearing Happiness: Cures for Deafness in History with Dr. Jaipreet Virdi 2020/02-2020/02
  • Substituted for Dr. Teresa Burke 2020/02-2020/02
  • Chair, Search Committee for Coordinator of Disability Services 2020/02-2021/01
  • Black Deaf Studies Minor 2020/02-2020/02
  • Pedagogy Support for MASLED 2020/02
  • Promotion and Tenure Guidelines 2020/03-2020/03
  • Demo Course for Bilingual Instruction 2020/03-2020/03
  • Five Year Plan 2021/01
  • Honors Council 2021/01
  • Scientific Committee Member: Deaf Academics Conference 2021 2020/01-2020/03
  • Peer reviewer: Deaf Studies Digital Journal 2020/01
  • Peer reviewer: Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education 2020/01
  • Peer reviewer and Editorial Board Member: Acadeafic 2018/03
  • Peer reviewer: Disability Studies Quarterly 2015/02
  • Member: National Deaf Center 2016/02
  • What is Academic ASL?: ASL Department 2020/01-2020/01
  • Guest Visit: Lindsay Dunn : Deaf Studies Department 2020/01-2020/01
  • Guest Visit: Brian Greenwald: Gallaudet University 2020/01-2020/01
  • Interview: UCLA Students: University of California Los Angeles 2020/01-2020/01
  • Editorial Board: Sign Language Studies 2020/03
  • Peer Reviewer: Politics, Groups, and Identities 2021/01-2021/01
  • Region III Representative for Deaf History and Culture Section: National Association of the Deaf 2018/02-2020/01
  • Advised T. Horejes: T. Horejes 2020/02-2020/02
  • B. Greenwald 2020/02-2020/02
  • Advising: L. Holcomb: University of Tennessee Knoxville 2020/02-2020/02
  • Advising: A. Clark: Individual 2020/03-2020/03
  • Advising: H. Greene: New York University 2020/03-2020/03
  • Advising: O. Stabbe: UC Berkeley 2020/03-2020/03
  • Letter of Support: DOBrien: York St. John University 2020/03-2020/03
  • Advising: T. Jacques 2020/03-2020/03
  • Advising: E. von Schack: N.A 2020/01-2020/01
  • Evaluator: Massachusetts Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing 2021/01
  • Advising R. Moges-Riedel: California State University Long Beach 2020/03-2020/03
  • Advising: Sean Maiwald 2021/01-2021/01
  • Advising: K. Schafer 2021/01-2021/01
  • Advising: H. Givens 2021/01-2021/01
  • Advising: HH: Oslo Met University 2021/02-2021/02
  • Bilingual Approaches Seminar I, District of Columbia 2020/01-2020/01
  • Diversity and Inclusion Training, District of Columbia 2020/01-2020/01
  • Quality Matters Peer Reviewer Course, District of Columbia 2020/01-2020/01
  • Blackboard Ultra LMS Training, District of Columbia 2020/01-2020/02
  • New Faculty Orientation: Washington, District of Columbia 2020/01-2020/01
  • Transgressing Remote Teaching: Virtually 2020/01-2020/01
  • Keynote on Accessible Learning: Virtually 2020/01-2020/01
  • Mark of Slavery: Virtual Book launch: Virtually 2020/02-2020/02
  • New Histories of Medical Technologies: Virtually 2020/02-2020/02
  • Deaf Education during the American Eugenics Movement: Virtually 2020/02-2020/02
  • Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and Trauma Informed Pedagogy: Virtually, District of Columbia 2020/03-2020/03
  • Applied Trans Studies: Virtually 2020/03-2020/03
  • Black Deaf History in Canada: Virtually 2021/01-2021/01
  • Online Certification 2021/01-2021/01
  • Professional Development Week, District of Columbia 2021/01-2021/01
  • Professional Development Week, District of Columbia 2019/02-2019/02
  • Professional Development Week, District of Columbia 2020/01-2020/01
  • Cybersecurity Training: Washington, District of Columbia 2021/01-2021/01
  • Deaf Studies Seminar Series: Toronto, Canada 2021/01-2021/01
  • Recording Signs: New York, New York 2021/02-2021/02
  • Ethnographic Filmmaking as Cosmopolitan Product: Manchester, UK 2021/02-2021/02
  • Intersections of Eugenics and Deaf Education in California: Washington, District of Columbia 2021/02-2021/02
  • Exploring Deaf Histories through the Lens of Rights, Medicine, and Welfare in Central Europe: Virtual 2021/01-2021/01
  • Crip Conversations: A Conversation about Racism and Ableism with Imani Barbarin: Virtual 2021/02-2021/02
  • Manchester Anthropology Departmental Seminar: Manchester 2021/02-2021/02
  • Deaf People on the Move: Temporal Dimensions: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2021/02-2021/02
  • Organization of American Historians: January 2007
  • Society for Cinema and Media Studies: September 2019-Ongoing
  • Deaf History International: January 2003-PRESENT
  • Dyer Arts Center Terra Foundation Grant 2020/01
  • Massachusetts Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing 2020/01
  • Adrean Clark St. Paul Skyway Project 2020/02-2020/02
  • A. Clark 2020/03-2020/03
  • Jon Henner 2021/02-2021/02
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