Dr. Arlene Blumenthal Kelly
  • Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, American Studies, 2001
  • M.A., Gallaudet University, Linguistics, 1992
  • B.A., Gallaudet College, English, 1977
Short Biography

A Baltimore native with Deaf parents, Arlene Blumenthal Kelly has been teaching at Gallaudet's Department of ASL and Deaf Studies since August 1995.  Currently, she serves as the coordinator of the Deaf Studies Undergraduate Program.  In the past, she was a researcher at the Gallaudet Research Institute, and a librarian at the Tucson (Arizona) Public Library. 

Dr. Kelly's B.A. (1977) is in English and M.A. (1992) in linguistics, both from Gallaudet. Her doctorate (2001) is in American Studies from University of Maryland, College Park. The title of her dissertation is "How Deaf Women Construct Teaching, Language & Culture, and Gender: An Ethnographic Study of ASL Teachers."   

A frequent lecturer across the country, her topics cover various themes such Cultural Studies, Deaf History, Deaf Women, and Geriatrics.  Her published works have appeared in several journals, including American Annals of the Deaf, Disability Studies Quarterly, Sign Language Studies and Deaf Studies Digital Journal.  

Married to Jim Kelly, they live in a farmhouse with their dogs & cat.  Well-known for growing organic peppers in the summertime, they are also avid Baltimore Orioles fans.


Cultural Studies, Deaf History, Deaf Women, Linguistics, Fingerspelling, Geriatrics

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