Marina Dzougoutov is a tenured associate professor of communication studies at Gallaudet University. She teaches courses in art, communications, and general studies. The focus of her knowledge, research, and interests are in the areas of deaf cinema, film and history, mass communications, the relationship between media and communication, and social media—particularly in how deaf people receive information from and interact with various forms of social media.
Born deaf and originally from Russia, she has mastered four languages—Russian, Russian Sign Language, English, and American Sign Language.
Her MFA in film and electronic media is from American University and she is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in media and communication studies from European Graduate School, Switzerland. Her scholarly research projects investigate the representation of the roles of deaf actors in mainstream film and TV and the history of deaf actors in silent films in the early 1900's.
Her pedagogical interests are in the applications of academic technology to support the bilingual classroom experience for deaf students at Gallaudet.
She has recently been appointed as the Technology Faculty Fellow to promote faculty use of technology for teaching and research. She served as co-chair on the Blackboard Action Group to evaluate the features and functions of the campus learning management system. She is currently co-chair and founder of the Teaching and Learning with Technology Committee that is establishing a closer partnership between academic faculty and technology services.