H-Dirksen L. Bauman, Ph.D
DST MA Coordinator/Director
ASL & Deaf Studies Program
Dirksen Bauman is Professor of Deaf Studies at Gallaudet University where is serves as coordinator of the Deaf Studies MA Program. He is the Founding Co-Editor of the Deaf Studies Digital Journal along with Dr. Ben Bahan. He is the co-editor of the book/DVD project, Signing the Body Poetic: Essays in American Sign Language (U of California P, 2006); editor of Open Your Eyes: Deaf Studies Talking (U of Minnesota P, 2008); co-editor of Deaf-Gain: Raising the Stakes for Human Diversity (U of Minnesota P, 2014) and co-author of Transformative Conversations: Mentoring Communities among Colleagues in Higher Education (Jossey Bass, 2013).
Dr. Bauman received his BA in English from Colorado College, and soon afterward, worked as a dormitory supervisor at the Colorado School for the Deaf and
the Blind. He then pursued an MA degree in English from the University of Northern Colorado and a Ph.D. in English from Binghamton University, State University of New York. He has held teaching positions at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at the Rochester Institute of Technology and in the Department of English at Gallaudet University. Dr. Bauman is currently involved with the creation of ASL Connect, an online resource for learning ASL and exploring Deaf Studies online.
Christian Volger, Ph.D.
Technology Access Program
Dr. Chrisitan Vogler is the director of the Technology Access. He is the principal investigator within the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Telecommunications Access, with a particular focus on the accessibility of web conferencing and telecollaboration systems. In his role at the RERC, he is involved in bringing consumers and industry together on accessibility issues, as well as developing prototype technologies for improving the accessibility of such systems.
Prior to joining TAP in 2011, Dr. Volger has worked on various research projects related to sign language recognition and facial expression recognition from video at the University of Pennsylvania; the Gallaudet Research Institute, UNICAMP in Campinas, Brazil; and the Institute for Language and Speech Processing in Athens, Greece. He also runs the DeafAcademics mailing list, a loose network of dead and hard of hearing researchers all over the world.
Ted Supalla, Ph.D.
Ted Supalla is a Professor of Neurology, Linguistics and Psychology at Georgetown University and the director of the Sign Language Research Lab. Supalla has been working in the areas of ASL linguistics and Deaf Studies for over 40 years. Currently he is reconstructing the early grammar of American Sign Language and its literary traditions, through a structural analysis of ASL as recorded on historical films. He is a co-author of Sign Language Archaeology: Understanding Historical Roots of American Sign Language.
His lab hosts a Historical Sign Language Database (www.hsldb.georgetown.edu) as a resource tool for public use. In addition, he teaches a massive open online course entitled: Sign Language Structure, Learning, and Change (https://courses.edx.org/courses/course-v1:GeorgetownX+SLSX-401-01x+2T2017/course/).
Raja Kushalnager, J.D., LL.M., Ph.D.
Information Technology program
Department of Science, Technology and Mathematics
His research interests encompass the fields of accessible computing and accessibility/intellectual property law, with the goal of improving information access for deaf and hard of hearing people. For example, he investigates how deaf individuals acquire information through speech-to-text or sign language interpreters, compared with their hearing peers who listen directly. He has developed evidence-based guidelines for captions that provide visual cues to non-speech information. Finally, in the accessibility and intellectual property law field, he advocates for updates in accessible and intellectual property law.
Instruction & Reference/E-Resources Librarian
She joined the Gallaudet University Library team in 2010. She is responsible for managing the Library's electronic resources, such as e-books and e-journals as well as providing instruction and reference as needed to the Gallaudet Community. In addition, she is a native cuer and an avid traveler with a background in Fine Arts. Every once in a while, you can find her leading an ASL tour at the National Gallery of Art or at the Smithsonian American Arts Museum.
Teresa (Tess) is a student assistant working with DSDJ since January 2018. Originally from Brighton, Michigan, she attended the interpreter training program at Madonna University and received a BA degree in Sign Language Interpreting and an AA degree in English. She is entering her final year in the Master’s of Interpretation and Translation at Gallaudet University. In addition to working with DSDJ, she is a student interpreter on campus with the Maguire Welcome Center. She is thrilled to be working with DSDJ and is looking forward to the upcoming issues.
Julia is a senior at Gallaudet University obtaining a B.A. in Deaf Studies, and has been a part of DSDJ since February 2018. Following graduation, she plans to attend graduate school to attain her M.A. in International Development or Deaf Studies. Julia has a background in the tech industry, and has worked in web and graphic design for the last 8 years. She continues to utilize the skills gained in this field as a student assistant for the Deaf Studies Digital Journal, and works to apply them toward a career in Deaf studies research, advocacy, and post-secondary education.