Joseph Murray

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Joseph Murray

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Joseph J. Murray is Professor of American Sign Language and Deaf Studies at Gallaudet University. 

Dr. Joseph J. Murray is President of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD).  He has been involved with human rights work for two decades as an advocate and a scholar. He has previously served three terms on the WFD Board and, before that, spent four years apiece as Vice-President then President of the WFD Youth Section.  He is also a Board member of the International Disability Alliance.  For more information see

Dr. Murray is co-editor of Deaf Gain: Raising the Stakes for Human Diversity (2014, University of Minnesota Press) and In Our Own Hands: Essays in Deaf History 1780-1970 (2016, Gallaudet University Press) and the forthcoming The Legal Recognition of Sign Languages: Advocacy and Outcomes Around the World (Multilingual Matters).  He has served as guest editor of two issues of Sign Language Studies and has published widely in the fields of deaf history, deaf studies, language planning and language rights. 



 The Legal Recognition of Sign Languages: Advocacy and Outcomes Around the World (Multilingual Matters, forthcoming 2019). Co editor with Maartje de Meulder and Rachel McKee. 

In Our Own Hands: Essays in Deaf History 1780-1970.  Co-editor with Brian Greenwald. Gallaudet University Press, 2016.



Deaf Gain: Raising the Stakes for Human Diversity. co-editor with H-Dirksen Bauman. University of Minnesota Press, 2014.


Introduction reprinted in  Skutnabb-Kangas, Tove and Phillipson, Robert  (eds) (2016). Language Rights. London/New York: Routledge. Series Critical Concepts in Language Studies. 4 volumes.


Edited Journals.


Guest co-editor with Brian Greenwald.  Special Issue: Assessing the Field of Deaf History: Scholarship, Pedagogy, and Public History. Sign Language Studies 17:(1) Fall 2016.


Guest editor.  Special Issue: Language Planning and Sign Language Rights.  Sign Language Studies 15:4, Summer 2015. 


Book chapters.


Murray, Joseph J. “Transnational Interconnections in Nineteenth Century Western Deaf Communities” book chapter for The Oxford Handbook on Disability History eds. Kim Nielsen and Michael Rembris.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.


Murray, Joseph J. “Deaf Studies: Scholarship and Community Interaction in the Making of Deaf Identities,” Innovations in Deaf Studies: The Role of Deaf Scholarseds. Kusters, Annelies; O’Brien, Dai; and De Meulder, Maartje.  Oxford University Press, 2017.


“Sign Language,” Oxford Handbook of Language and Society Nelson Flores and Ofelia Garcia, and Max Spotti, eds.  Oxford University Press, 2016. 


“’Enlightened selfishness:’ Gallaudet College and U.S. Deaf Citizenship, 1864-1904” in In Our Own Hands: Essays in Deaf History 1780-1970.   Brian Greenwald and Joseph J. Murray, eds. Gallaudet University Press, 2016.


“Deaf Studies,” with H-Dirksen L. Bauman, Entry for The Encyclopedia of Deaf Studies Sage Publications, 2016.


“Deaf Gain” Entry for The Encylopedia of Deaf Studies Sage Publications, 2016.

Murray, Joseph and Brian Greenwald, “How the Past Informs the Present: Intersections of Deaf History with Deaf Studies.”   In Proceedings of 2010 Deaf Studies Today! Conference.  Utah Valley University, 2015.


 “Introduction” In Telling Deaf Lives: Agents of Change  Kristin Snodden, editor. Gallaudet University Press, 2014.

“Deaf Gain” SDRs 90-årsjubileumsskrift: SDR 90 år 1922-2012.  Sveriges Dövas Riksförbund, 2012.


Murray, Joseph. “Taking a Transnational Approach to Deaf History” in Hedberg, Tomas, ed.  No History: No Future, Sveriges Dövhistoriska Sällskap. 2011.


“Deaf Studies in the Twenty-First Century: Deaf-gain and the Future of Human Diversity,” with H-Dirksen L. Bauman.  Oxford Handbook on Deaf Studies and Deaf Education Volume 2.  Oxford University Press, 2010.


Translated into German and reprinted in Das Zeichen, March 2014.


Translated into complex Chinese in Lingering Disabilities: A Reader for the 21st Century" ShenLou Press, Taiwan. 2014.


Translated into Portuguese and reprinted in Educacao Sordos Em Debate Sílvia Andreis Witkoski and Marta Rejane Proença Filietaz.  Federal University of Paraná, 2014.


Reprinted in Disability Studies Reader Lennard Davis, editor. Routledge Press, 2013, 2017.


“International Signs” for the Palgrave Dictionary of Transnational History, Akira Iriye and Pierre Yves Saunier, eds. Palgrave MacMillan, 2009


“Co-Equality and Transnational Studies: Understanding Deaf Lives,” in Open Your Eyes: Deaf Studies Speaking.  H-Dirksen L.  Bauman, ed. University of Minnesota Press, 2008.


“Genetics: A Future Peril Facing The Global Deaf Community,” in The Deaf Way II Reader: Perspectives from the Second International Conference on Deaf Culture Harvey Goodstein, ed. Gallaudet University Press, 2006. 


Encyclopedia entries on “Alexander Graham Bell,” “Edward Miner Gallaudet,” “Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet,” and “Deaf History” for the Encyclopedia of Disability, Gary L. Albrecht, ed.  Sage Press, 2005.


“’True Love and Sympathy’ The Deaf-Deaf Marriages Debate in Transnational Perspective.”  In Genetics, Disability, and Deafness John Vickrey Van Cleve, ed.  Washington, D.C.: Gallaudet University Press, 2004.  


Articles in Refereed Journals.


Murray Joseph J., Snoddon, Kristin; De Meulder, Maartje; and Underwood, Kathryn. (2018). “Intersectional Inclusion for Deaf Learners:  Moving Beyond General Comment No. 4 on Article 24 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.” International Journal of Inclusive Education  DOI: 10.1080/13603116.2018.1482013


Murray Joseph J.; De Meulder, Maartje. and le Marie, Delphine. (2018). “An Education in Sign Language as a Human Right? An Analysis of the Legislative History and on-going Interpretation of Article 24 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).” Human Rights Quarterly 40 (2018), 37–60.


 De Meulder, Maartje., & Murray , Joseph J. (2017). Buttering their Bread on Both Sides? The Recognition of Sign Languages and the Aspirations of Deaf Communities. Language Problems and Language Planning 41:2.


Murray, Joseph J. (2017) “The Baobab: Translanguaging in a Multimodal Sign Language Translation Project,” Applied Linguistics Review.


Murray, Joseph.  “Guest Editor’s Introduction,” Sign Language Studies 15:4, Summer 2015. 


Murray, Joseph.  “Linguistic Human Rights Discourses in Deaf Community Activism,” Sign Language Studies 15:4, Summer 2015. 


Murray, Joseph.  “The UN CRPD and Deaf People,” Deaf Studies Digital Journal. Issue 3 (2012). 


Murray, Joseph.  “Deaf Gain and the Future of Deaf Studies,” with Dirksen Bauman.  Deaf Studies Digital Journal 1:1, Fall 2009.  November 4, 2009.


Book review.

Book review of Overcoming the Past, Determining its Consequences, and Finding Solutions for the Present  in Sign Language Studies 14:1, Fall 2013.



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