Joseph C. Hill, Ph.D

Sociolinguist in American Sign Language, Deaf Studies, and Interpreting


Dr. Joseph C. Hill is an associate professor in the Department of American Sign Language and Interpreting Education in the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology. His research interests include socio-historical and -linguistic aspects of African-American variety of American Sign Language and attitudes and ideologies about signing varieties in the American Deaf community. His contributions include The Hidden Treasure of Black ASL: Its History and Structure (2011) which he co-authored with Carolyn McCaskill, Ceil Lucas, and Robert Bayley and Language Attitudes in the American Deaf Community (2012).

Dr. Hill is also a lab director of Deaf Studies Laboratory which is housed in the NTID Center on Cognition and Language (NCCL) under the directorship of Dr. Peter C. Hauser. Currently, Dr. Hill conducts two research projects internally funded by NTID: 1) the language evaluation study on sign language using a signing avatar model and 2) the documentation of individual ASL variation at NTID.


Email: jchnss at rit (dot) edu

Phone: 585-206-7558