Audrey Cooper

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Gallaudet University
800 Florida Avenue, NE
Fowler Hall, 409A
Washington, DC, District of Columbia 20002
Phone: 202-246-5036

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Research Disciplines: Research Interests:

signed languages and sociopolitical action, deaf community organizing, deaf leadership in disaster risk reduction and emergency preparedness, inclusion of people with disabilities in humanitarian contexts

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Biographical Sketch

Cooper is an Associate Professor and Program Director with Gallaudet University’s Master of Arts Program in International Development (Washington, DC). Previous anthropological research examined sign languages, education, and social change in Việt Nam from linguistic and public anthropological frameworks. From 2012-14, Cooper was a technical consultant and trainer for the World Bank-sponsored Intergenerational Deaf Education Outreach—Vietnam. With support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, in 2019 Cooper began conducting ethnographic research with deaf community organizers in Việt Nam to examine the impacts of natural disasters and the role of deaf leadership for community adaptation and resilience.


  • PhD – Anthropology, with concentration in Race, Gender, and Social Justice (American University, 2011)
  • MSW – Social Work (CUNY Hunter College, 1995)
  • MS – Dance-Movement Therapy (CUNY Hunter College, 1995)

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