Students & Alumni

Current 2012-2014 Graduate Students:

Mikey BarrettMikey Barrett currently resides in College Park, MD. Though DC/MD is now his new home, he'll always fondly remember the city of Chicago, especially the sights of Lake Michigan at Navy Pier, as he grew up in the southwest suburbs of Chicago until moving to Rochester in 2002. Mikey holds a degree from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) - a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with minor in English Literature. After graduation in 2007, Mikey had held a number of work positions at NTID/RIT, Rochester School for the Deaf (RSD), and University of Rochester. One of his most eye-opening and rewarding experience was working for New Mexico School for the Deaf's AmeriCorps in 2010/2011, which positively led his decision to enroll in Gallaudet's M.A. in Cultural Studies.  His M.A. thesis, through an unique form of authethnography, explores the relations of social stigma in the accounts of 'intersectionality' in Deaf experiences as well as one's understanding of systematic oppression affecting all of identities in Deaf communities. On a personal level, he truly enjoys doing Bikram and Kundalini yoga, hiking/camping (as evidenced through working for Courage North in Minnesota, NAD YLC in Oregon, and Aspen Deaf Camp in Snowmass, Colorado), cooking vegan/vegetarian food, playing volleyball, running impulsively around streets/private alleys while wearing Crocs shoes, and reading spiritual/thought-provoking novels. 

Rosie EttenheimRosie Ettenheim was born and raised in New York City.  In 2010, she graduated from Mount Holyoke College where she majored in Fine Arts with concentration in steel welding, and minored in Religion.  Post college, she worked for Apple in New York City, Seattle, W.A., and most recently Bethesda, M.D.  She did a variety of jobs including new hire training, managerial support, and community workshop leader. During her time working for Apple in Seattle, she worked closely with the Deaf community teaching and providing technical help within the store environment.  After realizing she had an increasing interest about the Deaf community's relationship with culture and technology, Gallaudet's M.A. in Deaf Studies seemed to be her perfect next step in life. Her M.A. thesis focuses on the online Deaf Imprint analyzing through social media.  She is very excited about her thesis because there is little existing literature that focuses on the Deaf community's use of social media, and hopes to spark more technology focused interest with the research community.  Rosie is also the Graduate Assistant for the Deaf Studies Department. Rosie is an avid spinner (and works at Biker Barre in Eastern Market), lover of all things pumpkin, constantly talking about her cat Moose, and enjoys wandering the city by foot with her partner. 

Jamie Hardman

Jamie Hardman was born and raised in the beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah surrounded by loving family and beautiful mountains. With an A.A. from the Interpreter Training Program (ITP) from Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) and a B.A. in Deaf Studies from Utah Valley University (UVU), she decided to make the move to Washington, DC where she is now a Graduate student in the Deaf Studies, Human Rights and Language (LHR)  program. Oppression and minority studies have always been a key interest to her, and was further discovered after being a American Sign Language Interpreter, and being involved in the Deaf community for several years in various states. Jamie's thesis is looking into Language Ideology within Oral training programs, with the hope to further advocate for language acquisition in d/Deaf children.  Outside of an intense work and school schedule, nothing is more calming than being out in nature and with her family. Her greatest accomplishments to date are her level of certifications in Utah and nationally, as well as the degrees that have allowed her to be a part of the Graduate community at Gallaudet University. She shares a special thanks to all of her family for their unending love and support and Dr. Will Garrow and Dr. Flavia Fleischer for laying the foundation for her work in the Deaf Studies field. She would not be where she is had she not met them. Also a huge thank you to Dr. Joseph Murray, for being her thesis advisor.

Jennifer TuellJennifer Tuell was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio where she obtained her undergrad in Special Education: American Sign Language Interpreting and received a certificate in Deaf Studies.  Upon graduation, she pursued her love of community development and joined Americorps.  She was placed with Cincinnati's organization Public Allies and worked closely with various non-profits to develop asset-based spaces where opinions, beliefs and passions were valued.  She has also enjoyed marrying her love of advocacy and Deaf culture both nationally and internationally. These journeys lead her to apply to Gallaudet University and join the Deaf Studies: Language and Human Rights department.  In her free time she enjoys traveling, meeting new people, being with her friends and family and exploring all of the amazing history Washington, D.C. offers. Jennifer looks forward to continuing her advocacy and educating people on the importance of culture and language access in the Deaf community.    

Department Alumni:

Meredith Burke

Meredith Burke, born and raised in Central Ohio and is a proud deafdisabled person. Her undergraduate degree from Gallaudet was in Deaf Studies (in 2011). Meredith's undergraduate thesis was about overlooking oppressions on students with disabilities at Gallaudet. She is currently working on her M.A. thesis, which discusses ableism in the field of Deaf Studies at Gallaudet. She also currently teaches Disability Studies online for the Department of ASL & Deaf Studies.

Thesis Title: Ableism in the Deaf Community and the Field of Deaf Studies: Through the Eyes of a Deafdisabled Person (This will be presented at the Deaf Studies Today Conference in Utah).

Meredith has so many memories of her time in Graduate School. One of her favorite memories is the December 10, 2012 Intersectionality Workshop that she and her cohort hosted.

Elena Ruiz

Elena M. Ruiz is a Sacramento, CA native. Her community/ies and scholarly works are informed by her multiple, intersectional identities of being a multiethnic-multiracial-multilingual mestiza-latina queer cisfemme deaf-signing political radical. She currently resides in the Los Angeles area and teaches Decolonial Deaf* Studies at CSU Northridge.

Thesis: Yo Soy Sordaradical, publication TBA.

Memorable moments in DST 2011-2013: building communities and developing the roots of intersectional Deaf Studies with her challenging, loyal, and all-round amazing cohort.

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