My first book, Made to Hear: Cochlear Implants and Raising Deaf Children, is published by the University of Minnesota Press (2016). It is based on an ethnography of a cochlear implant (CI) clinic and examines the use of CIs in deaf children, the role of neuroscience in the culture of intervention around deafness, and how mothers are expected to adopt CIs for their deaf child. The book is currently available on Amazon

Image description: A book cover featuring a profile photograph of a young, white boy as he looks slightly downward. The picture is a saturated red color with white lines emanating from the boy's ear outward to the edge of the book, suggesting sound waves. Overlaid on that in white letters is the title of the book. 

Errata: Well everyone, human error announcement. Oh the pain of it! On page 9 it reads: "Today, the CI is the world’s largest medical device market, and, as of 2012, the FDA reports that approximately 58,000 adults and 38,000 children in the United States have been implanted (NIDCD 2015)." It should read that the US is the world's largest medical device market. It makes no sense that the CI is the world's largest market -- the CI itself is not a market, the US is, and besides many other devices sell far more often than CIs. So, we've got a case of the wrong acronym. Secondly, on page 10, it erroneously states that 10 percent of cases of deaf children is genetic. This is an error, it is about 60 percent. However the main point - that only 10 percent of deaf children have deaf parents - remains true. I apologize for these typos and both will be corrected in the e-book and in future editions.  


2014. "Precarious plasticity: neuropolitics, cochlear implants, and the redefinition of deafness" in the journal Science, Technology, and Human Values

2012. "Parents of deaf children with cochlear implants: a study of technology and community" in the journal Sociology of Health and Illness

2011. "Cochlear implants & the mediated classroom-clinic: communication technologies and co-operations across multiple industries" in Disability Studies Quarterly.


2016. "Disagreement abounds about the best way to serve deaf children,"  University of Minnesota Press Blog

2014. "On dialogue: disability studies and science and technology studies" in Somatosphere: Science, Medicine, and Anthropology