Academic Year 2019-2020

Dr. Carol Padden

On February 6, 2020, Dr. Padden will present, "Iconicity and Human Languages."

Date: Thursday, February 6
Time: 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Location: TBD
Miscellaneous: A reception with light refreshments will take place immediately following this event. Attendees will have the opportunity to further interact with Dr. Padden and other attendees about this subject.


Dr. Carol Padden has been on the faculty at University of California, San Diego in the Department of Communication since 1983, when she earned her Ph.D. from the university’s Department of Linguistics.

Dr. Padden, who holds the Sanford I. Berman Chair in Language and Human Communication. She served as associate dean and faculty equity advisor in the Division of Social Sciences from 2008 to 2013. In 2014, she was tapped to be the Dean in the Division of Social Sciences.

As dean, Dr. Padden leads a dynamic and highly ranked academic division spanning 10 academic departments and 6 interdisciplinary programs, with student enrollments totaling over 90,000 in the last year. The division has over 900 majors, consisting nearly 40% of all majors at UC San Diego.

Among the most recent initiatives in the division are new majors in Real Estate and Development, Education, and Climate Change. Dr. Padden’s areas of research include language emergence, sign language structure, and cultural life in deaf communities. With her husband, Professor Tom Humphries, she is a co-author of 2 textbooks on American Sign Language and 2 books on deaf communities in the US.

She is a Fellow of the Linguistic Society of America and the American Academy for the Advancement of Science. In 2010, she received a MacArthur Fellowship.