Dr. Joseph Murray
  • Ph.D., University of Iowa
  • M.A., University of Iowa
  • B.A., Northeastern University
Short Biography

Joseph J. Murray is Associate Professor of ASL and Deaf Studies at Gallaudet University. A trained historian, Dr. Murray works within the fields of History and Deaf Studies.  His research explores the creation of a transnational Deaf public sphere in the late nineteenth century and the circulation of strategies of citizenship and belonging among Deaf people in Western nations in the period.   His most recent publications have dealt with the concept of Deaf-gain and he is co-editor of a volume on Deaf-gain coming out in September 2014 with the University of Minnesota Press.   Dr. Murray is also co-editing a volume on Citizenship and Deaf People to be published by Gallaudet University Press. 

Dr. Murray has given numerous lectures on Deaf Studies, the International Deaf Community, and human rights issues in numerous countries on all six continents, as well as at the United Nations, the World Health Organization, and other international bodies. Dr. Murray has been involved with the World Federation of the Deaf for two decades and is currently WFD Board Member and Chair of the WFD's Human Rights Work Group. 

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Transnationalism, European Deaf History, Cultural Studies.

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