Areas of Study


The Drs. John S. & Betty J. Schuchman Deaf Documentary Center researches, documents, and shares the lived experiences of deaf people via film, photography, and written narrative. Projects are always collaborative ventures with students, faculty, staff, alumni, colleagues, and community members.

We’re always open to new ideas and opportunities – please feel free to contact us with stories, ideas, or resources.


Deaf Difference + Space Survival
In the early 1960s a joint research project hosted by the U.S. Department of the Navy and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) sought out deaf men from Gallaudet College (now University) to participate in experiments on balance, motion sickness, and weightlessness.
Deaf NYC
Very little documentation has been conducted on urban deaf life, with minimal “oral history” interviews on the mid-20th-century city experience. Over 80 people have been identified as potential interviewees, and the SDDC has formed a team of advisors to guide research.
Eugenics and the American Experience
This research project seeks to answer questions critical to U.S. history, including the impact of eugenic studies on deaf individuals and why states didt not include deafness as a trigger for sterilization.


Contact Us

Schuchman Documentary Center Projects

Brian H. Greenwald, PhD

SLCC 1301 and HMB S235E S242

(202) 250-2905

(202) 651-5635

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