Portrait by   Michael Ian NYC

Portrait by Michael Ian NYC

Welcome and thanks for visiting my website!

I currently live in Brooklyn, New York.  I grew up in Texas, and when I was young there were quite a few deaf students in my school.  I was lucky enough to make deaf friends and learn American Sign Language (ASL). I later attended the University of Texas at Austin (UT), where I majored in linguistics and focused on ASL for my thesis. I also worked at the Texas School for the Blind in the deaf/blind department where I was trained in Orientation and Mobility and how to work with DeafBlind individuals. 

After graduating, I briefly entered the Interpreter Training Program at Austin Community College. But during the first semester there, I was accepted as a graduate student in ASL and Deaf Studies at Gallaudet University, which is the only liberal arts university for the deaf in the world and everything is conducted in ASL.  As a Master's student, I also spent time in Bristol, UK as a visiting scholar in Deaf studies at the University of Bristol (sadly, the Deaf Studies Centre is now closed, but you can read about it here) and a summer completing the certificate in Sexuality, Culture and Society at the University of Amsterdam. 

I then entered the PhD program in Sociology at the Graduate Center - City University of New York (CUNY), where Barbara Katz Rothman chaired my dissertation committee. After finishing, I was invited to be a visiting professor for one year in the Science, Technology and Society department at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). I also taught an introduction to sociology course at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, which is housed within RIT. The following year, I returned to New York City and began my tenure track position at the University of Connecticut where I am jointly appointed in Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and Human Development/Family Studies, with an affiliation in the Department of Sociology

Currently, I am developing new research projects related to spousal/partner caregiving, disability, and medical technologies. But I still have interests in deaf-related topics. I am on the Board of Corporators for the American School for the Deaf and maintain my interpreting certification with the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. I am co-chair of the Disabilities Division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems and active in the Disability and Society Section of the American Sociological Association. I'm also affiliated with (or just a fan of!) a variety of other groups, initiatives and professional associations, such as the NYU Council for the Study of Disability, the Future of Disability Studies project at Columbia, the Well Spouse Association, the Center for LGBTQ Studies at CUNY, the Society for Social Studies of ScienceSociety for Disability StudiesAmerican Society for Bioethics and HumanitiesNational Women's Studies Association, and Sociologists for Women in Society

You can contact me at laura.mauldin@uconn.edu