Sandra Jowers-Barber, Ph.D.

Department of Political Science, History, and Global Studies
Assistant Professor

Research Interests

My research focuses on documenting the history of the deaf community. I look at historical social and educational issues that have challenged and changed disability communities with a focus on deafness. My primary research project looks at issues of how “voice and empowerment” is given to this marginalized group that is voiceless. My dissertation, Miller v. DC Board of Education, being revised for publication consideration, documents a legal educational challenge in the District that produced a significant change in the education of deaf, school age residents by ending their exile from the District. A forthcoming research project looks at the correlation between deaf persons who use interpreters and those interpreters. Should the interpreters reflect the gender, age, or ethnicity for whom they are interpreting. A public history project looks at the significance of teaching with public history site visits.

Contact Information

202.274.5797 Office

Office Location

University of the District of Columbia
Van Ness Campus
Building 41, Suite 400-01


Ph.D. – Howard University – (U.S. History 2006)

Career Information / Professional Experience

2006 – Present  University of the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C., Assistant Professor


Junior Faculty of the Year, UDC 2006-07

Land Grant Research area