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Carol Padden

Carol Padden is Professor of Communication at University of California, San Diego, and faculty at the Center for Research in Language. Her areas of research include emergence of language structure and gesture. She is co-author of two books with Tom Humphries of Deaf in America: Voices from a Culture (Harvard University Press, 1988), Inside Deaf Culture (Harvard University Press, 2005) and two sign language textbooks. She has published in areas relating to language evolution, culture and genes, comparative sign language structure, reading in deaf children and deaf community history.

She has been the recipient of a number of awards including the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a UCSD Faculty Research Lecture award and a Laurent Clerc Cultural Award for distinguished contributions to the field of deafness. In 2010, she was awarded a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship. She was elected Fellow both by the Linguistic Society of America, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Her research is funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. She has also received research support from the US Department of Education and the Spencer Foundation.