Tom Humphries is an Associate Professor in Education Studies and the Department of Communication at the University of California, San Diego. He is Vice Chair of the Department of Education Studies. He has published two widely used ASL textbooks, Learning American Sign Language (Allyn & Bacon, 2004) and A Basic Course in American Sign Language (TJ Publishers, 1980). He is co-author (with Carol Padden) of Deaf in America: Voices from a Culture (1988) and Inside Deaf Culture, both from Harvard University Press as well as numerous papers, including the recently published “Deaf in the time of the cochlea” (JDSDE, 2011). He is a member of the Gallaudet University Board of Trustees. He was recently awarded the Henry Trueba Award for research leading to the transformation of social context of education by the American Educational Research Association.