Dr. Anna Lim is a lecturer in Deaf studies at Boston University Wheelock College of Education and Human Development, where she teaches various topics in deaf studies and Deaf education including the dynamics of diversity, oppression, and social justice in deaf communities and sign language structure. Her research interests encompass multilingualism of deaf people of color, raciolinguistics, and cognitive linguistics in Tagalog heritage language acquisition and learning.
As a doctoral student in the Language & Literacy Education program at Boston University, Dr. Lim’s dissertation focused on the manifestations and ramifications of raciolinguistic ideologies in the experiences of immigrant deaf students of color in the US Deaf Education system. She was also a research assistant at Dr. Amy Lieberman’s Language Acquisition & Visual Attention Lab (LAVA Lab) and Dr. Naomi Caselli’s LexLab, where she continues to work on filling a critical gap in assessment of ASL vocabulary development in young deaf children. For this work, she received the Student Impact Award at the 4th International Conference on Sign Language Acquisition.
Before joining BU, she was an elementary social studies teacher at the Southeast Asian School for the Deaf, an ESL instructor at Gallaudet University’s English Language Institute, a private Japanese language tutor, and a research assistant at SLAAASh Lab focusing on ASL SignBank.
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PhD, Educational Studies, Boston University
MA, Linguistics, Gallaudet University
AB, Psychology, Ateneo de Manila University
SED DE 640: Dynamics of Diversity, Oppression, and Social Justice within Deaf Communities
SED DE 672: Sign Language Structure
Lim, A. (2022). Translanguaging practices of a multiethnic and multilingual deaf family in a raciolinguistic world and beyond. Languages, 7(4), 311. MDPI AG. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/languages7040311
Lim, A. (2023). Immigrant deaf students of color [Conference presentation]. National Deaf Education Conference, Riverside, CA.
Lim, A. and Duggan, N. (2023). Languaging in migration [Conference presentation]. MobileDeaf Closing Conference: Deaf Mobility Studies, Heriot-Watt University, Scotland UK.
Lim, A. (2023). Immigrant deaf students of color: Navigating discourses in U.S. deaf education [Poster presentation]. AERA (virtual).
Lim, A. (2023). The queerness of being Asian [Presentation]. Multicultural Student Programs' Queer APIA Month, Gallaudet University.
Lim, A. (2023). Translanguaging practices of a multiethnic and multilingual deaf family in a raciolinguistic world and beyond [Presentation]. Meaning and Modality Lab, Harvard University.
Lim, A. (2023). The curious case of immigrant deaf students of color [Workshop presentation]. Insight, Sacramento Valley Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (virtual).
Lim, A., Caselli, N., Lieberman, A., & Pyers, J. (2022). ASL vocabulary development in young deaf children: Filling a critical gap in assessment [Conference presentation]. International Conference on Sign Language Acquisition, Boston University (virtual).
Lim, A. (2022). Listening to Asian Voices. With Nico Pang, Jinwoo Pang, Narong Sokhom, Prateek Poddar, and Quyen Tran [Panel presentation]. LexPride MA (virtual).
Lim, A. (2021). What does it look like to “show up”? With Nayo Franck, Jerrin George, and Shelley Oishi [Panel presentation]. Pennsylvania Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and Massachusetts Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf workshop (virtual).
Lim, A. (2020). Race, racism, and racialization in sign language research and deaf studies. With Dominic Harrison and David Player (moderated by Joseph Hill and Lina Hou) [Panel presentation]. High Desert Linguistics Society Conference, University of New Mexico (virtual).
Lim, A. (2020). The labyrinthine, escherian, and matryoshkan nature of the immigrant deaf BIPOC student experience in the U.S. deaf education [Conference presentation]. Language First Conference (virtual).
Lim. A. (2020). Deaf culture: Reinventing the narrative. With Laura Jimenez and Betsey Beckert [Workshop presentation]. National Council of Teachers of English Assembly for Research Conference, Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN).
Lim, A. (2020). Whose reality is It?: Master narratives and counterstories on the intersection of race and deaf identity in the U.S. deaf education [Workshop presentation]. Association of College Educators - Deaf and Hard of Hearing Conference (Atlanta, GA).