Laura Mauldin


BA, linguistics, University of Texas, 2001
MA, deaf studies, Gallaudet University, 2005
National Interpreter Certification, Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
PhD, sociology, City University of New York, 2012

About me

My research interests are varied, but most often I spend my time thinking about how biomedical knowledge shapes culture, bodies, and subjectivities.  Most of my work is about medicine, science and technology, disability rights, identity, and inequality.In my dissertation I examined how knowledge about deafness is produced, circulated and understood, particularly in relation to cochlear implants. I used ethnographic methods to investigate a variety of different stakeholders, such as the Deaf community, parents of deaf children, and medical/education professionals. Most of all, I try to tell stories that navigate the realities of human bodies, the systems of meaning we attach to them, and how medicine is organized/organizes us. Telling these stories is a way to understand how medical technologies are making and remaking communities, how individuals cope with an increasingly medicalized society, and how technologies are accompanied by both gains and losses.

Faculty advisor(s)

Barbara Katz Rothman, Victoria Pitts-Taylor, Bill Kornblum


Two years at Queens College teaching Sociology of Death & Dying and Sociology of the Family.


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