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The Advisory Board

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Dr. Robert Adam


Continuing Professional Development, Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre

Dr. Robert Adam is Director of Continuing Professional Development at DCAL, and coordinates both short courses (both online and face to face) and academic modules (British Sign Language, Deafhood and translation courses) that are available through DCAL. Before that, he worked as a Research Associate at DCAL and researched sign language in the everyday lives of Deaf people. Examples of his research include Deaf people who are bilingual in two sign languages, Deaf people who work as interpreters or translators in the Deaf Community and other sociolinguistic research into sign languages. He is also Coordinator of the World Federation of the Deaf Expert Group on Sign Language and Deaf Studies, and has been accredited by the WFD and WASLI as an International Sign interpreter.

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Dr. Cheryl E. Ball


 Digital Publishing Collaborative

Wayne State University Libraries​


Cheryl E. Ball is Director of the Digital Publishing Collaborative at Wayne State University Library. Since 2006, Ball has been editor of the online peer-reviewed open-access journal Kairos: Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, which exclusively publishes digital media scholarship. Her recent research in editorial workflows and digital publishing infrastructures can be found in multiple journals and edited collections, as well as on her personal repository, She is the Project Director for Vega, an open-access multimedia academic publishing platform, and serves as the executive director of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals.

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Dr. Vladimir Bazoev

Assistant Professor

Moscow State Pedagogical University and Moscow State Linguistic University.

Vladimir completed his Ph.D. at the Moscow Institute of Correctional Pedagogy of the Russian Academy of Education. In 1996-1997, he took part in an educational project of the Fulbright Foundation in the United States.


Nowadays he is is a President of Moscow society of the Deaf, member of the Council for the Disabled at the Moscow Mayor and a member of the Public Chamber of Moscow.


Author of numerous books on the sociology and culture of the Deaf, he is a champion for equal rights and opportunities for the deaf, frequent speaker at national and international events, including the World Congress of the Deaf.

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Dr. Brian Greenwald


Schuchman Center 
History, Philosophy, Religion & Sociology

Gallaudet University 

Joining the Department of History in 1999, Brian H. Greenwald was one of two first President's Fellows at Gallaudet. Currently, Dr. Greenwald is Professor of History and Director of the Drs. John S. & Betty J. Schuchman Deaf Documentary Center. He is coeditor of In Our Own Hands: Essays in Deaf History, 1780-1970 and A Fair Chance in the Race of Life: The Role of Gallaudet University in Deaf History.

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Dr. Hilde Haualand

Associate Professor

Department of International Studies and Interpreting 

Oslo Metropolitan University

Dr. Hilde Haualand is an associate professor at the Department of International studies and Interpreting at Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway, where she is the head of the section for sign language and interpreting. Some of her publications are on sign language interpreters and professionalism, sign language interpreting services and the impact on service provisions, the politics of video interpreting, disability, identity and marginalization, deaf people and transnational connections, sign language ideologies and. She edited the book Tolking – språkarbeid og profesjonsutøvelse with Anna-Lena Nilsson and Eli Raanes in 2018. 

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Dr. Kim Kurz


  American Sign Language and Interpreting Education


She earned her doctorate in education with an emphasis on deaf and hard of hearing students from the University of Kansas. Her areas of expertise include ASL pedagogical methods, ASL national standards, and ASL learning outcomes. She is the co-author of the American Sign Language and Deaf Culture series and is the primary author of Learning Outcomes for American Sign Language Skills: Levels 1-4. She was a consultant for “Outcomes for Graduates of Baccalaureate Interpreter Preparation Programs Specializing in K-12th Grade Settings”. She is a member of the American Sign Language Standards National Committee.

Dr. Kurz serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Mark Seven Deaf Foundations, a non-profit organization that provides camp programs for deaf and hard of hearing children, children of deaf adults, deaf senior citizens, and ASL learners, in the beautiful Adirondacks.

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Dr. Annelies Kusters

Assistant Professor

Sign Language and Intercultural Research  Heriot-Watt University

Annelies Kusters is Assistant Professor in Sign Language and Intercultural Research at Heriot-Watt University since April 2017. She leads a research project called “Deaf mobilities across international borders: Visualising intersectionality and translanguaging”, funded by the European Research Council (2017-2022) ( Annelies Kusters has master’s degrees in Social and Cultural Anthropology (KULeuven in Belgium) and in Deaf Studies (University of Bristol), and a PhD in Deaf Studies (2012, University of Bristol). Between 2013 and 2017 she worked as postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and EthnicDiversity in Göttingen, Germany. Her current work is situated at the intersection of linguistic anthropology and social geography, in particular, the study of multilingual language practices, language ideologies, transnationalism and mobilities. 

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Dr. Laura Mauldin

Assistant Professor

University of Connecticut

Human Development/Family Studies &
Women's Gender & Sexuality Studies
Affiliated Faculty, Department of Sociology

Dr. Mauldin is a sociologist whose work focuses on better understanding the power - and consequences - of medicine, medical technologies, and medicalization, especially in relation to deafness and Deaf identity and culture. She is the author of the book Made to Hear: Cochlear implants and Raising Deaf Children (2016, University of Minnesota Press), which won Honorable Mention for the Outstanding Publication Award from the Disability and Society Section of the American Sociological Association. Currently, she is conducting follow up research on deaf children with CIs who attend deaf schools and use ASL. She is also a nationally certified interpreter who primarily works in medical settings.


Dr. Johanna Mesch


Sign Language Section of the Department of Linguistics

Stockholm University

Johanna Mesch is Professor in sign language linguistics at the Sign Language Section of the Department of Linguistics at Stockholm University. She is a pioneer in SL-related corpus work, leading the construction of the corpus of Swedish Sign Language (STS), the corpus of tactile sign language of deaf-blind signers and learner’s corpus in STS. Her wider interests include tactile sign language and cross-linguistic comparisons of signed languages. Prof. Mesch serves as vice-chair in (international) Sign Language Linguistics Society 2013–2022. 


Dr. Yutaka Osugi


Tsukuba University of Technology (NTUT)


He teaches various topics related to Deaf Studies to Deaf and Hard of Hearing students as well as conducts research in the field of Signed Language Linguistics.

He started a career in puppetry (Deaf Puppet Theater HITOMI) before discovering what the Deaf World has to offer. He opted for an academic career for which he earned his Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Rochester, New York in the United States.

Dr. Osugi publishes articles in professional journals, covering a range of topics such as The use of word elicitation to identify distinctive gestural systems on Amami Island (1999, Sign Language & Linguistics), and Lexical Sharing Phenomenon among Sign Language Users in Japan(2012, Japanese Journal of Sign Linguistics). He co-edited a variety of sign vocabulary books including A Learner’s Dictionary of Japanese Sign Language (2010, JFD).

Dr. Osugi is currently collaborating with Dr. Mayumi Bono, Associate Professor at National Institute of Informatics, Japan, on a compilation of a large-scale Japanese Sign Language corpus called the “Corpus Project in Colloquial Japanese Sign Language” supported by KAKENHI.

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Dr. Khadijat Rashid


School of Education, Business, and Human Services 
Gallaudet University

Dr. Rashid is Dean of the School of Education, Business and Human Services and has been a member of the faculty at Gallaudet since 1994. She has published scholarly articles and book chapters on subjects as varied as interpreter-deaf professional relationships, deaf people's experience with implants; and deaf communities in Africa. She is the co-author of Citizenship, Politics, Difference: Perspectives from Sub-Saharan African Communities.Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press (2015). In 2010-11 President Obama appointed her as a White House Fellow, and in that capacity, she worked closely with senior government officials, obtaining an in-depth view into the workings of the US government at the highest levels. Dr. Rashid has also served on the board of the World Deaf Leadership Program, guiding development projects for the deaf communities in South Africa and Thailand. She was the first coordinator of the Gallaudet Leadership Institute's Deaf Women's Leadership Program and implemented the program and curriculum that form the core of the DWLP today. 

Dr. Rashid is excited for the possibilities that DSDJ offers and looks forward to serving on this board! 


Dr. Kristin Mulrooney

Associate Professor

Linguistics Department


Center for Bilingual Teaching and Learning

Gallaudet University

Dr. Mulrooney is the director of Gallaudet University’s Center for Bilingual Teaching and Learning (CBTL) and a faculty member in the Linguistics department. In her role as director of CBTL, she coordinates training and support to the university faculty for providing the best bilingual teaching and learning environments for students. Her research interests are focused on the relationship between language theory and
language use, in particular, how the cognitive linguistic framework enhances one's ability to analyze both spoken and sign language discourse.

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