PhD Student, Communication, University of California, San Diego, 2019-Present. 

M.A., Media, Culture and Communication, New York University, 2017. 

M.A., Art History, Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Material Culture, New York, 2007. 

B.A., Art History (Distinction in the Major) and Art Studio, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1994. 


Patricia is a SEED Fellow and PhD student in the Communication Department, UC San Diego. Her research interests broadly intersect Disability Studies, STS, HOH-d/Deaf identity, American Sign Language, online communities and visual culture. Her MA research at NYU investigated the growth of HOH online communities and issues of identity formation. She also served as a research assistant on a NSF-funded archiving project looking at the evolution of reading technologies for the blind. 

Prior to UCSD, Patricia spent 18 years in the arts sector. Positions included collections management at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and part-time lecturer and higher ed administration positions at colleges throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.