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. 


Forthcoming 2019. Mauldin, Laura. “Don’t look at it as a miracle cure: Contested notions of success and failure in family narratives of pediatric cochlear implantation.” Social Science and Medicine

2018. Mauldin, Laura. ”’Coming out” rhetoric in disability studies: Exploring its fit with the Deaf experience.” Disability Studies Quarterly. 

Heafner, Joy* and Mauldin, Laura. 2018. “Expanding systems thinking: Incorporating tools from medical sociology into MFT education and research.” Journal of Marital and Family Therapy.  

2017. Mauldin, Laura and Saxena, Mamta. “Mutual exchange: Caregiving and life enhancement in siblings of individuals with developmental disabilities.” Journal of Family Issues.  

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

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

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

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GUEST CO-EDITOR FOR SPECIAL ISSUE OF GENDER & SOCIETY. Theme: Gender, Disability and Intersectionality. 2019. Nancy Naples, Laura Mauldin and Heather Dillaway.From the Guest editors: Gender, Disability and Intersectionality” Gender & Society 33 (1), 5-18


Forthcoming 2019. Mauldin, Laura. “Lessons Learned: How studying cochlear implantation reveals the context in which d/Deaf identities are formed” in Deaf Identities: Exploring New Frontiers Edited by Irene Leigh and Catherine O’Brien. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2017. Mauldin, Laura. “A feminist, technoscientific approach to disability and caregiving in the family” p. 139-161 in Disabling Domesticity, ed. By Michael Rembis. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.  

2016. Mauldin, Laura and Fannon, Tara.* “Sociology of Deafness: A literature review and disciplinary history” p.193-225 in Research in Social Science and Disability, Volume 9 Sociology Looking at Disability: What Did We Know and When Did We Know it? Ed by Barbara Altman and Sharon Barnartt. London: Emerald Publishing Group.

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2018. Quoted in the New York Times article “A Clearer Message on Cochlear Implants” by Sara Novic.

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