Meredith Peruzzi

Museum Coordinator
Museum Operating Fund

Meredith Peruzzi

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202-618-6755 (VP)


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Meredith Peruzzi joined the National Deaf Life Museum team in June of 2013 as a chief exhibition writer and researcher.  On November 25, 2013, Peruzzi became the Curator of the Gallaudet at 150 and Beyond Exhibition. Since January of 2014, she has been the Director of the National Deaf Life Museum, following the retirement of founder and Director Emerita Dr. Jane Norman.

Meredith received a B.A. in Deaf Studies with a minor in History from Gallaudet University.  Her University Honors project was a coffee-table style book entitled Gallaudet at 150: Chapter One, which focused on the first years of campus history, from 1857 to 1880.  She received her M.A. in History from George Mason University in 2018, with concentrations in U.S. History and Applied History. She is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Leicester, in the field of Museum, Gallery, and Heritage Practice. 

A native of the Washington DC area, her first connection with the museum world was in 1991, as a volunteer for the now-defunct Baltimore City Life Museums. After her graduation from Gallaudet, she spent one year in Tokyo teaching American Sign Language for the Japanese ASL Signers Society.

Responsible for managerial and curatorial duties at the National Deaf Life Museum.


  • Deaf History
  • Gallaudet History
  • Deaf Studies

Spring 2017: DST 101, Introduction to Deaf Studies

Professional organization membership:

  • American Alliance of Museums
  • Association of Academic Museums and Galleries
  • International Council of Museums (US)
  • National Association of the Deaf
  • National Council on Public History


  • "DEAF-GAIN in Academic Museums"
    • Association of Academic Museums and Galleries conference, virtual, 2020
  • "The American Experience of a Deaf Museum"
    • Slovak Deaf Day, Trnava, Slovakia, 2017
  • "Eyes on Shakespeare: An Accessible First Folio Exhibit"
    • Association of Academic Museums and Galleries conference, Eugene, OR, 2017
  • "Creating Deaf-Friendly Museum Exhibits"
    • Smithsonian Institution PEEPS Exhibit Fair, Washington, DC, 2016
  • "Objects: Collecting, Preserving, Interpreting and Display"
    • Capturing Deaf Heritage Day, Gallaudet University, Washington DC, 2016
    • Co-presenter: Drew Robarge, National Museum of American History
  • "Gallaudet University’s Role in Historic Northeast Washington DC"
    • Smithsonian Associates Lecture Series, S. Dillon Ripley Center, Washington DC, 2016
  • "Platt H. Skinner and the Founding of Gallaudet University"
    • Celebrating 150 Years of Visionary Leadership Symposium, Gallaudet University, Washington DC, 2014


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800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002