Joseph Hill

Joseph Hill

Assistant Professor

  • Ph.D., Gallaudet University, Linguistics, 2011
  • M.A., Gallaudet University, Linguistics, 2004
  • B.S., Miami University of Ohio, Systems Analysis, 1997
Short Biography

Dr. Hill is a co-author of the 2011 Gallaudet University Press volume on the African-American variety of ASL, The Hidden Treasure of Black ASL: Its History and Structure. He is proud to be a part of the Black ASL research team because the history and language of the African-American Deaf Community deserves a closer look from the scholarly perspective. He also published a book in 2012, Language Attitudes in the American Deaf Community, which is a study of the factors of judgments and attitudes expressed by deaf and hard-of-hearing signers regarding the different types of signing that exist in the American Deaf community.

Dr. Hill is a co-editor for the Journal of ASL and Literature published by ASLized. He also serves on board of Discovering Deaf Worlds, whose mission is to advance the self-determination of signing Deaf communities through local capacity building in developing countries.

Dr. Hill was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH, in a family of deaf and hard-of-hearing siblings and a hard-of-hearing mother. Like his brothers and sisters, he attended public school as a mainstream student. He is a very adventurous person who likes to try new and challenging activities, such as Tough Mudders, Spartan, tasting unusual dishes, and painting on a blank canvas. He is also a Spongebob Squarepants aficionado.