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Marissa Hull

Marissa Hull

Graduate Student

CSU Channel Islands BA History

Research Areas

d/Deaf Women's History, Gender Studies, Disability Studies, Religious Studies, American Sign Language

Contact Information
Department of History

My main research interest is d/Deaf Women's History, acutely focusing on gender roles in the d/Deaf/Hard of Hearing community during the nineteenth century in North America. By researching the intersection of gender, religion, race, class, and societal expectations during the cultivation of the d/Deaf community, I have begun to deconstruct what it meant to be a woman with disabilities during the nineteenth century in North America and the lasting implications these roles have had on Deaf historiography. Through course work, I have researched and written about Eliza Clerc and Alice Cogswell, both women who have not been provided adequate historical attention. I intend to further this research and turn it into my eventual dissertation in which I will use biography and micro histories in order to recount the lived experiences of Deaf women during the nineteenth century in the US and determine why they had been previously marginalized from their own history. I have also developed further interests into disability history, including the intersections of psychiatric disability and gender and the intersections of slavery and disability.

Awards Received

- Eugene Cota Robles Award

 
Publications

- CSU Los Angeles “Significations” 23rd Annual Graduate Student Conference Proceedings

- “Nothing More, Nothing Less: Eliza Clerc, Deafness, and Motherhood in Victorian North America” - CSU Los Angeles “Significations” 23rd Annual Graduate Student Conference Proceedings

Conference Papers: 

- “Demystifying the Life of Alice Cogswell: Deafness, Infantilization, and Ideal Femininity in Victorian North America” - Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association 2020 Meeting

- “Nothing More, Nothing Less: Eliza Clerc, Deafness, and Motherhood in Victorian North America” - CSU Los Angeles “Significations” 23rd Annual Graduate Student Conference