This Academic Year


I’m an associate professor in the Department of Linguistics at Gallaudet University.


* (Fall) teaching LIN 571 “Field Methods” – this year we are documenting the experiences of the ASL communities during the time of COVID-19 (I’m especially curious about #EmboxedDiscourse!)

(More about Field Methods) I have taught graduate students field methods by collecting data from signed languages other than ASL: Iranian Sign Language or Zaban Eshareh Irani (ZEI), Japanese Sign Language or Nihon Shuwa (JSL/NS), Ho Chi Minh Sign Language, Omani Sign Language, Mexican Sign Language or Lengua de Señas Mexicana (LSM). More recently, I have shifted our focus to documenting the ASL communities because there’s plenty to do.

*(Fall) co-teaching LIN 595 “Corpus Linguistics” with Ryan Lepic 🤩

* (Spring) Also teaching LIN 731 “Phonology 2” where basically I recruit students to learn how to use ELAN and segmental notation systems (mwahaha!). Seriously though, this class is all about looking at data and thinking about how to represent phonetic detail for research

* working with four lovely PhD students (Heather Hamilton, Kiva Bennett, Donovan Catt and Ardavan Guity) in varying stages of their dissertations (Nozomi Tomita defended her dissertation in the spring of 2021 🙌)

Julie with her PhD students
Julie with her PhD students

* staying active with my work for SLAAASh, particularly the ASL Signbank
* Slowly but steadily (🤞🏼) contributing to Philadelphia Signs and GUDA projects
* Working on research project sponsored by Gallaudet RSIA priority research grants with Miako Villanueva, Emily Shaw, Ryan Lepic, and Paul Dudis “A Motivated Look at Indicating Verbs in ASL” (MoLo for short) with Kearsy Cormier consulting
* Also working on another research project “O5S5: Documenting the experiences of the ASL communities in the time of COVID-19” which started with my Field Methods students in the fall of 2021 and continued with students taking sociolinguistics under Emily P. Shaw in spring of 2022
* Invited to present one of the plenary presentations for LSA 2022. I presented “Documenting signed language use while considering our spaces as a Deaf* linguist” along side the plenary presentations of Dr. Michel DeGraff and Dr. Tracey Weldon

* “Signed Language Corpora” edited with Jordan Fenlon through Gallaudet University Press (Pre-order link here!)
* A chapter on doing work in data management for signed language acquisition for “The Open Handbook of Linguistic Data Management and Archiving” edited by Andrea Berez-Kroeker, Bradley McDonnell and Eve Okura Koller (And check out the amazing companion site)
* A chapter “W(h)ither the ASL Corpus” with Ryan Lepic and Emily Shaw
* A chapter on ASL phonology with the amazing Corrine Occhino
(* Forever dreaming about writing up a few posts for Acadeafic especially for some recent presentations and ongoing projects.)

On top of the usual departmental and university activities like attending meetings and so on…
* IRB Chair
* ELAN training upon request
* On the editorial boards for Sign Language Studies and Journal of ASL Languages and Literature

All of this is while I’m being a mama to two young boys in elementary school and a wife to the brilliant Oz Cameron.

An image of Julie with her family (husband and two young boys) - they are smiling at the camera
Julie with her family

Last updated January 11, 2022