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A Multi Disciplinary Approach to Researching Deafness


Mara Mills is co-investigator on an international team of researchers, led by Professor Stephanie Lloyd of Université Laval, that received a 5-year, $612,000 grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. 

Together with co-investigators Isabelle Boisvert (audiologist, University of Sydney), Jennifer Campos (psychologist, University of Toronto), Michele Friedner (anthropologist, University of Chicago), and collaborators Katie Neal (audiologist, University of Sydney), Emily Kecman (linguist, Macquarie University), Chi Yhun Lo (linguist, Toronto Metropolitan University) and Kelsey Anbuhl (auditory neuroscientist), they seek new understandings of the specific sensory experiences associated with cochlear implants. 

Approaching the question from the social sciences, humanities, and life sciences, they aim to go beyond siloed explanations of deafness, to produce new understandings of “deafnesses” anchored in the perspectives of deaf people. 

With support from two preliminary $100k Patient-Oriented Research grants from CIHR, the team published an initial white paper last year detailing early findings on a research program they refer to as "deaf audiology." 

Mara Mills is Associate Professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication; founding codirector of the NYU Center for Disability Studies; a founding editor of the award-winning journal Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience; and a founding member of the steering committees for the NYU cross-school minors in Science and Society and Disability Studies. With Rebecca Sanchez, she recently edited Crip Authorship: Disability as Method (NYU Press, 2023). With Harris Kornstein, Faye Ginsburg, and Rayna Rapp she is directing an NSF-funded project on Covid-19 and disability communities in New York, to result in an edited volume titled How to be Disabled in a Pandemic (NYU Press, forthcoming 2024).

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