Rebecca is currently the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the ASL Program at the University of Iowa. She earned her MA in Deaf Cultural Studies from Gallaudet University in 2011. This experience included courses in Aal, Norway and an internship with the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD). Prior to that she studied business at the University of Iowa, graduating with a BBA in Marketing and a minor in American Sign Language. Her interests in advertising and Deaf Studies inspired her to research the varied representations of deaf individuals and signed languages in the media. Her most recent presentation on this topic at the 2021 Deaf Studies Today conference was titled, “Deafness for Sale: The Commodification of Representation”. Rebecca’s other main research interest is the second language acquisition of ASL. She co-presented her recent study, “Solving the Puzzle: Utilizing the Student Experience to Enhance Assessments”, at the American Sign Language Teacher’s Association (ASLTA) conference in the summer of 2021. She teaches a variety of courses, including Deaf Gain: Redefining Deaf People, Culture, and Language and Deaf Representations in the Media.
- American Sign Language