Melissa Malzkuhn
Gallaudet University

Melissa Malzkuhn is the Digital Innovation and Media Strategies Manager. Malzkuhn leads creative and translational projects, and is the project director of VL2 Storybook Apps.

She was the Managing Editor of Deaf Studies Digital Journal (DSDJ), a peer-reviewed online digital journal in sign language, at Gallaudet University from 2008 to 2012. She currently serves as an Executive Editor, consulting on user experience and long-range plans of the journal.

Melissa Malzkuhn received her MA in Deaf Studies with a concentration in Cultural Studies from Gallaudet University. Her thesis was on the advocacy and community organizing of deaf youth in America, which led to the establishment of a national organization in 2008, Deaf Youth USA (DYUSA), serving youth between the ages of 18-30. Melissa Malzkuhn also served on the board of the World Federation of the Deaf Youth Section from 2007 – 2011 (WFDYS). An advocate of the human rights of deaf youth, Melissa Malzkuhn has helped organize national and international camps, given presentations and workshops on differing generations, deaf culture and history, global movement of deaf youth.

In her post-MA studies, she is pursuing interactive strategies using digital tools at the Corcoran College of Art and Design. Melissa Malzkuhn started Motion Lab, a creative collaboration, at Gallaudet University, to look into techniques bringing creative literature and experimental media on a bilingual interface to create visual narratives for learning.

Follow Melissa Malzkuhn on Twitter via @mezmalz (with frequent topic focusing on app development and the such).