JosephHill Dr. Joseph Hill
Board Member

Dr. Joseph Hill is an assistant professor in the Specialized Educational Services department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH with the family of deaf and hard-of-hearing siblings and a hard-of-hearing mother. Like his brothers and sisters, he attended public school as a mainstream deaf student. In 2001, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Analysis from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. In fall of 2002, he attended Gallaudet University for the master’s program in ASL linguistics. He graduated with his master’s degree in 2004 and then started his PhD study soon after. In May 2011, he earned his doctorate degree in ASL linguistics from Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. Prior to the completion of the doctoral program, he held various roles as a graduate student: a National Science Foundation Graduate Research fellow; a Fulbright scholar in Italy; an adjunct linguistics instructor at Gallaudet University; a summer instructor of the Deaf Studies department in the Siena School for Liberal Arts in Italy; and a research assistant in the Gallaudet Research Institute and the Black ASL research team.

Dr. Hill’s research interests lie in the area of sociolinguistics. He studies language attitudes toward signing variation in the American Deaf community in terms of language variation, ideology, and contact. The American Deaf community is a cultural and linguistic minority, but it is diverse with the communication choices, racial and ethnic groups, and other social identities. Dr. Hill has published a book on his study, Language Attitudes in American Deaf Community, with Gallaudet University Press.  Another research interest of Dr. Hill is the exploration of the social and linguistic aspects of the Black Deaf community. He has co-authored with Drs. Carolyn McCaskill, Ceil Lucas, and Robert Bayley on the major socio-historical and -linguistic study of Black ASL. The book is entitled The Hidden Treasure of Black ASL: Its History and Structure with Gallaudet University Press as the publisher. He is proud to be a part of the Black ASL research team because the history and language of the African-American Deaf Community deserves a closer look from the scholarly perspective.