Abbas Ali Behmanesh 

Doctoral Student


  • Tehran, Iran

Current Employment

  • Instructor, Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C.


  • M.A. in Deaf Studies with a Concentration in Sign Language, Gallaudet University, 2012
  • B.A. in Deaf Studies, Gallaudet University, 2002

Research Interests

  • L1 and L2 acquisition
  • Deaf history
  • Bilingual and biliteracy in Deaf Education
  • Deaf cultural studies
  • Deaf neurology and the Deaf brain

Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Greene-Woods, A., Delgado, N. J., Buchanan, B., Sides, M., Behmanesh, A. A., Cheslik, B., Koo, C. K., & Clark, M. D. (2020). Deaf cultural capital and its conflicts with hearing culture: Navigational successes and failures. JADARA, 54(1), 15-30.
  • Sanjabi, A., Behmanesh, A.A., Guity, A., Siyavoshi, S., Watkins, M., & Hochgesang, J.A. (2016). Zaban Eshareh Irani (ZEI) and its Fingerspelling System. Sign Language Studies, 16(4), 500-534.

Recent Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Behmanesh, A. (2006). Iranian Deaf Culture. In H. Goodstein [Ed.] The Deaf Way II Reader: Perspective from the Second International Conference on Deaf Culture, pp.193-198. Gallaudet University Press

Recent Presentations

  • Behmanesh, A. (2016). First Iranian Living Overseas, presenter of Iranian Deaf Culture and Interpreter Training Program, Hamburg, Germany.

Dissertation Focus

  • Deaf educational assistants in Iran: Overcoming barriers and restraints to lead in the classroom
  • Bilingual Deaf Education in Iran