Timothy Y. Loh

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I am a sociocultural and medical anthropologist in training in the Doctoral Program in HASTS (History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society) at MIT, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the United States. My current research focuses on deaf and signing communities in Jordan and the broader Middle East. In my doctoral work I hope to explore how advancements in medical rehabilitative technologies (hearing aids, cochlear implants, genetic therapy, etc.) affect how deaf people in Jordan conceive of themselves as deaf—or not—and the role of religion (both Christianity and Islam) in Jordanian interactions with Western biomedicine. I am also interested in refugee and migrant movements in the Middle East, as well as the history and anthropology of Arab Christianity in historic Palestine, particularly in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. I am a Science, Religion, and Culture (SRC) Doctoral Fellow at Harvard Divinity School and a member of the VL2 Student Network at Gallaudet University.

I hold a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (Culture & Politics) and a Master of Arts in Arab Studies, both from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. At the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown, I studied with Rochelle Davis, Fida Adely, and Sylvia Önder, and took classes through the Consortium at Gallaudet in sociolinguistics and Deaf studies. I was also a Kathryn Davis Fellow for Peace (Arabic) in the summer of 2016. At MIT, my principal advisor is Stefan Helmreich, Elting E. Morison Professor of Anthropology. I am most influenced by the work of Michele Friedner, Laura Mauldin, Marcia Inhorn, Karen Nakamura, Sherine Hamdy, among others, and hope to produce work like theirs someday.

Before returning to academia, I worked for Collateral Repair Project through the MENAR Fellowship, taught Middle Eastern history and introductory Chinese at King’s Academy, and coordinated Project SHINE for the LEAP Program. In my free time (hah!), I sing with Boston Found. I was born and raised in Singapore, which I still call home. I am proficient in Levantine Arabic, American Sign Language, and Mandarin Chinese, and high-intermediate in French.

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