Cammille CampionCammille Campion

Camille Campion (Ph.D. in Communication, University of California, San Diego) is in her second year as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Democracy Lab -- a UC Links after-school program in Southeastern San Diego -- and Center on Global Justice (CGJ) at UCSD. Democracy Lab and CGJ are part of UCSD Community Stations – a community outreach initiative that convenes faculty and students from diverse campus departments and centers to partner with community-based agencies located throughout demographically diverse neighborhoods in San Diego and Tijuana. The fellowship is supervised by Dr. Angela Booker, the principle investigator of Democracy Lab, in the Department of Communication at UCSD.

Camille is an action researcher whose work focuses on narratives, media production and the development and sustainability of university-community partnerships. She has worked with several community organizations in an underserved and underrepresented neighborhood of San Diego over the last nine years, addressing local social equity and food justice issues. Her role as a Postdoctoral Fellow is twofold. As a member of UCSD Community Stations, she works on coordinating the network of research sites for intergenerational community-based research and finds points of intersection and opportunities for collaboration amongst the sites. As a researcher in Democracy Lab, she works with Dr. Booker to develop projects with UCSD undergraduates and K-12 students to understand how the process of sharing and listening to stories can be used to explore community life and social justice as modes of human development.

Camille has presented her Postdoctoral research at the UC Links conference at UC Berkeley and the American Anthropological Association conference in Denver. She is also a Lecturer in the Communication Department. She has taught practicum courses on human development, new media and culture, as well as a course on life stories and biography.

Lynn Hou

Lynn Yong-Shi Hou (Ph. D. in Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin, 2016) joins the Communication Department at UCSD as a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow for 2016—2017. Professor and Dean Carol Padden serves as her mentor and sponsor for the duration of the fellowship.

Lynn is trained as a linguist whose research intersects the fields of theoretical linguistics, linguistic anthropology, and Deaf studies. She employs a combination of ethnographic and experimental methods to study the formation of emerging sign languages and signing communities. Her dissertation research focused on the description and documentation of San Juan Quiahije Chatino Sign Language (SJQCSL), an emerging sign language that arose among a small group of deaf people and their families, in southern Oaxaca, Mexico. During her time as a UC President’s Postdoctoral fellow, she will expand her ongoing documentation of SJQCSL and its community of signers. She also will develop a new branch on the ongoing research on the emergence of words in new sign languages with Dr. Padden.

Her research has been supported by federal and international grants such as National Science Foundation, National Institute Health, and the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme. She has presented her research at a variety of conferences including Indigenous Languages of Latin America, International Society for Gesture Studies, and The World Congress for the World Federation of the Deaf. She has published in Sign Language & Linguistics and has a forthcoming book chapter on reflexive metadocumentation in an edited volume, Innovations in Deaf Studies: The Role of Deaf Scholars, to be published by Oxford University Press.