Dr. Joseph Hill is an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He works in the Professions of Deafness programs in the Department of Specialized Education Services. He was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH in the family of hearing and deaf members. His father is hearing, his mother is hard-of-hearing, and his siblings are deaf and hard-of-hearing.
Before he studied at Gallaudet University, he majored in Systems Analysis at Miami University of Ohio; he graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in 2001. After that, he went to Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. where he studied linguistics of American Sign Language (commonly abbreviated as ASL) for the master’s and doctorate degrees. During his graduate educate, he got different fellowships and research positions: a National Science Foundation Graduate Research fellowship for linguistics; a Fulbright Scholar international fellowship for Italy; a research assistant at the Gallaudet Research Institute; and a research assistant for the Black ASL project.
Dr. Hill is one of the co-authors who have published the book called The Hidden Treasure of Black ASL: Its History and Structure. 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. On a personal note, Dr. Hill enjoys reading books, entertains himself with YouTube videos, and loves cooking local and international food.