Beverly J. Buchanan

Doctoral Student


  • Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Current Employment

  • Instructor, Department of Deaf Studies Deaf Education, Lamar University


  • M.A. in Sign Language Education, Gallaudet University, 2017
  • M.S. in Deaf Education, McDaniel College, 1994
  • B.A. in Biology, Gallaudet University, 1987

Research Interests

  • Sign Language Proficiency
  • Sign Language Documentation
  • Bilingual Education
  • Teacher training

Recent Publications

Recent Presentations

  • Buchanan, B., & Adam, R. (2021, June). Minority sign language shift in two countries: Canada (Maritime Sign Language and American Sign Language) and Australia (Australian Irish Sign Language and Auslan) Presentation at 10th International Deaf Academics and Researchers Conference, Montreal, Canada

  • Buchanan, B., & Adam, R. (2021, March). Minority Sign Language Shift within Majority Sign Language Communities. Presentation at the XVIII International Conference on Minority Languages Conference, Bilbao, Spain.

  • Buchanan, B. (2019, November). Effective preparation of American Sign Language teachers. Presentation at American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Convention, Washington, D.C.

  • Buchanan, B. (2019, June). Implicit Bias and Sign Languages. Presentation at Diversity University Conference, Colorado Springs, CO. 
  • Simmons, P. & Buchanan, B. (2019, January). Is Sign Language a SuperPower for Deaf People? Exploration of Sign Language and Education of Deaf Children in the USA. Presentation at the Educating Children of Color Conference, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Dissertation Focus

  • Documentation of Maritime Sign Language, an endangered sign language in Canada.