Erin-Moriarty-Harrelson Erin Moriarty Harrelson
Board Member

Erin Moriarty Harrelson is a Ph.D. candidate in the Anthropology Department at American University. Her research interests include deaf people and sign language in Cambodia, humanitarianism, development and NGOs. Her dissertation focuses on the documentation of Cambodian Sign Language as a Deaf community development initiative and development projects for deaf people in Cambodia.

In 2014, Moriarty Harrelson was chosen as one of the first Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellows. She was one of five grantees selected from among 864 applicants for the fellowship, which is the first of its kind. As a 2014-2015 Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellow, she lived in and traveled throughout Cambodia documenting the various experiences of deaf people. Moriarty Harrelson is also a recipient of the 2014 American University Doctoral Student Research Award.
Moriarty Harrelson received an MA in public anthropology from AU in 2013. She also earned an MA in communication in contemporary society from Johns Hopkins University and a BA in art history and anthropology from Smith College.
Moriarty Harrelson currently works in the Ethics Office at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in the National Institutes of Health. In the past, she worked in communications and fundraising for Communication Services for the Deaf, the American School for the Deaf, Telecommunications for the Deaf (TDI), and Gallaudet University. In addition, she served as a board member for Deaf Abused Women’s Network (DAWN) from 2009 to 2013 and as Chair from 2011 to 2013.
Erin Moriarty Harrelson is a Ph.D. candidate in the Anthropology Department at American University. Her research interests include deaf people and sign language in Cambodia, humanitarianism, development and NGOs. Her dissertation focuses on the documentation of Cambodian Sign Language as a Deaf community development initiative and development projects for deaf people in Cambodia.

In 2014, Moriarty Harrelson was chosen as one of the first Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellows. She was one of five grantees selected from among 864 applicants for the fellowship, which is the first of its kind. As a 2014-2015 Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellow, she lived in and traveled throughout Cambodia documenting the various experiences of deaf people. Moriarty Harrelson is also a recipient of the 2014 American University Doctoral Student Research Award. 
Moriarty Harrelson received an MA in public anthropology from AU in 2013. She also earned an MA in communication in contemporary society from Johns Hopkins University and a BA in art history and anthropology from Smith College. 

Moriarty Harrelson currently works in the Ethics Office at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in the National Institutes of Health. In the past, she worked in communications and fundraising for Communication Services for the Deaf, the American School for the Deaf, Telecommunications for the Deaf (TDI), and Gallaudet University. In addition, she served as a board member for Deaf Abused Women’s Network (DAWN) from 2009 to 2013 and as Chair from 2011 to 2013.