Thomas Horejes, Ph.D.
  • Ph.D., Justice Studies, Arizona State University, 2009
  • M.S., Justice Studies, Arizona State University, 2005
  • B.S., Justice Studies, Arizona State University, 2002
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Professor Horejes holds a Ph.D. in Justice Studies at Arizona State University under the School of Social Transformation-an institution that places social justice at the center of its scholarship and teaching. As a sociologist trained in social justice, Dr. Horejes examines critical justice issues including the analyses of emergent ideologies, paradigms, the impact of identity formations (stigma/deviance/diversity), and everyday social constructions. Dr. Horejes also scrutinizes the larger justice issues of (dis)ability, humanity, diversity, normalcy to recognize institutional/local sites of oppression, differences, diversity, and offer paths to justice.

His dissertation titled "Constructions of Deafness and Deaf Education: Exploring Normalcy and Deviance" examines the configuration of normalcy under different disguises in various historical eras, and how the hegemony of normalcy continues as a paradigm that permeates our sense of progress, ideology, and deviance. He is currently revising his dissertation into a book published Fall 2012 with Gallaudet University Press. 

Dr. Horejes is a co-Principal Investigator along with two other collaborators from Arizona State University and Pennsylvania State University on a three-year research project studying kindergartens in schools for the deaf in three countries (USA, Japan, and France).  The sociological and cultural anthropological project examines the acculturation of young Deaf children in kindergartens from three countries as well as exploring the culture of Deafness within their larger cultures and socio-political contexts.  This will be the first cross-comparative international ethnographic study of kindergartens in schools for the deaf and as such it has the potential to open up new lines of scholarly inquiry.  Via video-cued multivocal comparative ethnography, new lines of inquiry include varying pedagogy, curriculum, and goals of early childhood education from nation to nation as well as its national and cultural variation in Deaf education.

Dr. Horejes has published work on sociological issues in peer-reviewed journals such as Review of Disability Studies and presented in numerous local, national, and international conferences including the International Sociological Association, International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, International Visual Sociology Association, American Educational Research Association, and Western Social Science Association.

Prior to his appointment with Gallaudet, he was a former Faculty Associate teaching Justice Studies at Arizona State from 2005 - 2009. Dr. Horejes also served as president of the student advisory board for Arizona State's Disability Resource for Students (DRC) where his role included the assessment and monitoring of ASU's accommodations towards students with disabilities. He is also a former Supreme Court Justice for the Associated Students of Arizona State University (ASASU).

Professionally, Dr. Horejes was a Project Leader with the City of Phoenix's Inclusion Services Division as a disability policy specialist, where he monitored various ADA policy procedures. Dr. Horejes had the privilege under Congressman Ed Pastor of Phoenix and Mayor Neil Giuliano as a planner, researcher, educator, and advocate in community relations. Several of his main responsibilities consisted of collaborating with various state and federal departments, agencies and divisions in establishing and implementing respective projects, programs, and services in community relations.

Dr. Horejes served on the Governing Board of the National Youth Leadership Network (NYLN) where its mission vigorously advocated the rights and awareness for the Disability community through public policy and community-relations. A key function within the Governing Board was to promote leadership development, education, employment, independent living, and health and wellness among young leaders representing the diversity of race, ethnicity and disability in the United States.

Before entering the Ph.D. program at ASU in 2006, he was a community advocate for the Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness (GLAD) serving deaf and hard of hearing individuals in Los Angeles. At GLAD, he provided advocacy and empowerment in the areas of law, education, employment, health, technology, communication, and Social Security to deaf and hard of hearing consumers.

During his college years at Arizona State, he served as the Vice-President of the Collegiate National Association for the Deaf where he represented the deaf students and networked with other disability organizations to ensure that students with disabilities, as a collective, were receiving reasonable accommodations in compliance to federal and state laws.

He is the recipient of the Arizona State University Graduate College Dissertation Fellowship and former recipient of the Andrew Brown Scholarship. In 2001, he received the Distinguished Youth of the Year by Central Institute for the Deaf Alumni Association for his services in the Deaf community.


Critical Theories of Social Justice
Cultural Anthropology and Sociology of Education
Disability Policy
Social Inequality

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