Gene Mirus is on the faculty of the Department of ASL and Deaf Studies at Gallaudet University. He recently completed his Ph.D in Anthropology from the University of Texas, Austin, in May 2008. He specializes in linguistic anthropology, with a focus on gestures, language play, and conversation analysis. To date he has studied the ways in which new videophone technology has contributed to new language practices among Deaf users (Keating & Mirus 2003 in Language and Society). He has also examined the communicative strategies of deaf children in an American "mainstream" school setting by looking at how they creatively manage their casual communicative interactions with hearing peers (Keating & Mirus 2003 in Anthropology and Education Quarterly). In the future, he plans to continue his studies on lesser-known groups within the Deaf communities.