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Corinna Hill

Assistant Professor

Department of Liberal Studies
National Technical Institute for the Deaf

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Corinna Hill

Assistant Professor

Department of Liberal Studies
National Technical Institute for the Deaf


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Dr. Corinna S. Hill is an assistant professor in the Department of Liberal Studies at RIT/NTID. She is a Deaf historian who has a BA degree in History from Gallaudet University and a MA and PhD in History from the University of Rochester. Her doctoral dissertation studied five friendships between Deaf and hearing Americans between 1840-1920, and she is currently working towards publishing this research. 

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Corinna S. Hill and Bruce Johansen, “A Gift to All Deaf Minnesotans: A History of St. Paul’s Charles Thompson Memorial Hall” Minnesota History Magazine, December 2022.

Corinna S. Hill, “Language Deprivation and the American Deaf Community,” foreword to Language Deprivation and Deaf Mental Health Care edited by Wyatte Hall and Neil Glickman, Routledge Press, published August 2018.

Selected Presentations

“What do You Meme? Incorporating Creative Assignments in Deaf Culture and Deaf History Courses” presentation at the Deaf History International Conference, August 2022.

“Can You See Me Now? A History of Telecommunications Technologies for the Deaf” presentation at the Northern California Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Conference, November 2021. 

“A Look at the History of Telecommunications Services for the Deaf” presentation at the National Registry for Interpreters for the Deaf Conference, July 2021. 

“Yours Most Sincerely: A Study of the Friendship of a Nineteenth Century Deaf Mute Artist and Prominent Political Couple,” presentation at RIT/NTID’s ARTiculating Deaf Experiences Conference, November 2019.

“It Has Been A Circus’: Race and Disability in the Diary of a First World War Volunteer Nurse,” presentation at the Syracuse University History Graduate Conference, Syracuse, NY, March 2018.

“The Cripples and Great Blessés of World War One: Disability in the Diary of an American Volunteer Nurse Aid,” presentation at the 2018 Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference, Rochester, NY, March 2018.

“‘Every Bed a Puddle of Dakin and Pus!’ The Diary of a Rochester Nurse during the Great War,” presentation at the Rochester Medical Museum, Rochester, NY, November 2017.

Currently Teaching

3 Credits
This course explores the history of the deaf community in the United States. It offers a broad survey of American deaf history from the early 19th century to the late 20th century. Major events in American deaf history will be considered, including the foundation of schools for the deaf, the birth of American Sign Language, the emergence of deaf culture, the challenge of oralism, the threat of eugenics, and the fight for civil rights.
3 Credits
The deaf community has a long and complicated relationship with technological devices. The deaf community, for instance, was quick to embrace the new technology of moving pictures, and many deaf actors found work in early Hollywood during the silent film era. Most lost their livelihoods when sound was introduced to motion pictures. Deaf people were left out of the communication revolution brought about by the telephone for many years, but now the deaf community is increasingly a wired community, as texting, tweeting, and vlogging makes more communication technologies accessible to deaf users. This course will explore the historical relationship between technology and deafness. It will consider how views of deafness frequently shape technology, that is, if deafness is viewed as a pathological illness, technologies are focused on curing it (e.g., cochlear implants), whereas, if deaf people are viewed as members of linguistic and cultural minority, technologies are harnessed to make it easier for that minority to interact with the majority culture (e.g, relay systems). This course will consider how deaf people have historically used, created, and adopted technologies to their own ends.
1 - 3 Credits
The description will be specified on each Independent Study Contract.