Dr. Tom Humphries

Dr. Tom Humphries, wearing a dark suit, white shirt and blue print tie, standing in front of a stained glass window


Member, Board of Trustees


  • Ph.D., Cross Cultural Communication and Language Learning, Union Graduate School, 1977
  • M.A., Gallaudet University, 1972
  • B.S., Gallaudet University, 1968

Short Biography

Dr. Humphries is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Education Studies and the Department of Communication at the University of California, San Diego.

One strand of his current work focuses on how "talking culture" among Deaf people in recent history informs our understanding of cultural processes and how meaning circulates. In addition, he has developed a teacher training curriculum that uses an entirely new construct: the application of indigenous bilingual teaching practices to classrooms of deaf children.

He has published two widely used ASL textbooks, Learning American Sign Language (Allyn & Bacon, 2004) and A Basic Course in American Sign Language (TJ Publishers, 1980). He is co-author (with Carol Padden) of Deaf in America: Voices from a Culture and Inside Deaf Culture, both from Harvard University Press.