Julie A. Hochgesang was born in New Jersey where she attended Mountain Lakes Day School for a year before moving to a suburb north of Chicago (Lake Forest) where she attended mainstreamed school through high school. Julie moved to Southern California to attend college at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) where she majored in English and minored in Native American Studies (1999). She then taught developmental English for two years at CSUN before moving to Kenya, East Africa to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer. In Kenya, Julie taught for 2 years at a deaf school on the coast and worked with the deaf community in developing a CD dictionary for KSL. When she returned to the states, Julie wanted to continue work with language documentation so she decided to go to Gallaudet for a PhD in linguistics. Julie received her MA in 2007 and, in 2013, completed her dissertation which focused on evaluating the use of different notation systems for signed languages in the study of child language acquisition.
While at Gallaudet, Julie has worked at GRI (Gallaudet Research Institute) with Dr. Ross E. Mitchell. She has also worked with Professor Deborah Chen Pichler for over four years as her lab assistant on a couple of projects. The first was for a cross-linguistic study of possessives and existentials, an international study led by Dr. Ulrike Zeshan. Then, Julie became her lab manager for a longitudinal study of young CODA children in which they tracked their early ASL and English development. For that project, Julie became very familiar with ELAN, a software program used for transcribing. Since then, she has given ELAN workshops and served as an ELAN consultant for faculty members and doctoral students at Gallaudet. She is currently involved with the ID Gloss Project, a collaborative project headed by Dr. Lillo-Martin of University of Connecticut. She has also taught in the Department of ASL and Deaf Studies.
Julie is interested in phonology and phonetics, language documentation (fieldwork, transcription and corpus linguistics) and making linguistics accessible to the general community (ASL teachers, interpreters, teachers of the Deaf, or anyone who's interested in knowing about language).
She lives in North Virginia with her husband and child.