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. Prior to that, 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 College. Her doctorate (2001) is in American Studies from University of Maryland, College Park.  The title of her dissertation is “How Deaf Women Construct Teaching, Culture and Language, 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 and Disability Studies Quarterly

Dr. Blumenthal Kelly is married to Jim Kelly and they live in a farmhouse with their dogs and cat.


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

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