S. Jordan Wright

Assistant Professor
Office: Communication Building, Room 109-G
VideoPhone: 409-242-6968
Email: swright22@lamar.edu 


  • Critical Studies in the Education of Deaf Learners, Gallaudet University, Ph.D, May 2017
  • Critical Studies in Deaf Education, Gallaudet University, Ed.S., 2015
  • Organizational Development and Leadership, Medaille College, M.A., 2008
  • English Literature, University at Buffalo, B.A., 2007

Courses Taught

  • Social Justice in Deaf Crit and Disability Crit
  • Linguistics
  • Research Methods
  • Teaching Functional Curriculum for Deaf Students with Disabilities
  • Assessment of Deaf Students with Disabilities
  • Building Online Learning Communities

Research Interests

  • Intersectionality in Deaf Crit
  • Social Justice in Queer Theory
  • Law and Policy in Deaf Education
  • Development of Tertiary Identities in Deaf Adults
  • Deafnormativity 

Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Wright, S.J. (2016). Deaf education: Philosophy and models. In G. Gertz & P. Boudreault (Eds.), The Deaf Studies Encyclopedia. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.
  • Wright, S.J. (2016). Diversity: disability and deaf studies. In G. Gertz & P. Boudreault (Eds.), The Deaf Studies Encyclopedia. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.


Recent Presentations

  • Yuknis, C. & Wright, S.J. (2015, April) Transition experience of college students who are deaf and hard of hearing. Poster presentation at the annual convention of Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), San Diego, CA.
  • Wright, S.J. (2013, June). Transition issues for deaf students with disabilities in postsecondary settings. Presented to Graduate Programs in Education for Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Gallaudet University, Washington, DC.
  • Yuknis, C. & Wright, S.J. (2013, June). Time for change: Transition issues. Presented at the 64th biennial Convention of American Instructors of the Deaf (CAID), Rochester, NY.
  • Kuntze, M.; Cue, K.; Nowak, S.; Santini, J.; Stone, A; & Wright, S.J. (February, 2012.) Analysis of ASL complex conversations in the bilingual classroom. Presented at the annual meeting of the Association for College Educators-Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ACE-DHH), Santa Fe, NM.


Dr. Wright comes to Lamar University by way of Charlotte, NC, having completed his doctoral degree at Gallaudet University. His dissertation titled "From Deaf to Deaf-Blind: A Phenomenological Study of Deaf-Blind Individuals in the Deep South" focuses on the idea of being-in-the-world as sighted Deaf individuals transition to Deaf-Blind bodies, thusly uncovering the articulation of this process. The study also uncovers the idea of tertiary identities that are homeomorphic, which centers disability as a foundation of intersectionality. This notion born of Deafnormativity places “disability” as front and center of intersectionality whereas it has historically been interpreted through the critical lens of race and gender.

Born hearing, Dr. Wright became deaf at the age of 4 and was mainstreamed in an oral setting. It was not until his college years at CSUN that he became fluent in ASL. The journey of becoming d/Deaf is one of many research interests that color his passion for scholarly activity and interaction with students. With a history of social justice, Dr. Wright has focused on the areas of Queer Theory, Disability Critical Theory, and Deaf Critical Theory as a way of unearthing how differing frameworks tessellate and intersect to shape the range of human experiences we witness in Deaf Culture and Deaf Education.

As the associate editor of SAGE’s Deaf Studies Encyclopedia (2016), Dr. Wright enjoys working with scholars and researchers on an international level to expand the horizons of Deaf Studies in order to increase the viability of the field in academia.