Legacy Scientists

Carol Padden
University of California, San Diego

Carol Padden is Dean of Division of Social Sciences at the University of California, San Diego, and an affiliate member of the Center for Research in Language. Her main areas of research are sign language structure, culture and community and evolution of language. She is co-author 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. Her dissertation on interaction of morphology and syntax in American Sign Language was named an Outstanding Dissertation in Linguistics (Garland Press, 1988). She has been the recipient of various awards including the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a UCSD Chancellor’s Associates Outstanding Faculty award and a Laurent Clerc Cultural Award for distinguished contributions to the field of deafness. Her research has been funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Education and the Spencer Foundation.

Carol Padden served as the Interim Science Director of VL2 till 2010.

For more information, visit Carol Padden's website.