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Anna Lim, PhD

Anna is a Filipino-Chinese multilingual deaf-of-deaf queer femme immigrant linguist mama & wife from Manila, Philippines. She is currently based in Boston, Massachusetts as a lecturer in Deaf Studies in Boston University Wheelock College of Education and Human Development. She received her PhD degree in Educational Studies from Boston University with her research on the manifestations and ramifications of raciolinguistic ideologies in the experiences of immigrant deaf students of color in the U.S. Deaf education system. She graduated from Ateneo de Manila University (Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Philippines) with an AB degree in Psychology and from Gallaudet University (Washington, DC) with honors with an MA degree in Linguistics.

Her research interests encompass multilingualism of deaf people of color, cognitive linguistics in heritage language acquisition and learning, linguistic justice, Tagalog linguistics, and Filipino history & culture education for deaf Filipinos.

She is part of the core team of YOU FINISH EAT?, a platform for sharing resources on critical, expansive, and nuanced discourses about social justice by and for Asian and Pacific Islander communities via American Sign Language. In the future, she hopes to further the Philippine historical, cultural, and heritage language education of deaf Filipino immigrants and their children.

She aspires to moonlight as a cocktail lounge pianist in her spare time.