Timothy Y. Loh
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I am a sociocultural 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 draws upon medical anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and science and technology studies to study deaf and signing communities in Jordan and the broader Middle East, and I am advised by Stefan Helmreich, Elting E. Morison Professor of Anthropology. In my doctoral work I hope to explore how advancements in assistive technologies of various kinds (medical-rehabilitative, like hearing aids and cochlear implants, and non-medical, like cellphones and mobile apps) 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 these technologies. As a hearing researcher of deaf communities, I am committed to reflexivity in writing about this topic. 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 member of the American Anthropological Association and of the VL2 Student Network at Gallaudet University. From 2018-19, I was a Science, Religion, and Culture (SRC) Doctoral Fellow at Harvard Divinity School.
I hold a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (Culture & Politics) and a Master of Arts in Arab Studies, earned in an accelerated degree program at 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. 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 and was a 2019-20 Fellow with the Addir Interfaith Dialogue Program at MIT. I was born and raised in Singapore, which I still call home. I am proficient in Levantine Arabic, American Sign Language (ASL), and Mandarin Chinese, and high-intermediate in French.
- Loh, Timothy Y. 2018. “‘Maybe Jesus Knows Sign’: Resistance Through Identity Formation.” Journal of Belonging, Identity, Language, and Diversity (J-BILD) 2 (1): 25-37.
- Loh, Timothy Y. 2016. “Freedom Through Art: Cartoons in Gaza’s Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children.” Pardee Periodical Journal of Global Affairs 1: 69-87.
- Loh, Timothy Y. 2016. “Digitizing Refugees: The Effect of Technology on Forced Displacement.” gnovis: A Journal of Communication, Culture & Technology 16 (2): 49-58.
- Panelist for COVID-19’s Impact on Displaced Communities, Singapore University of Social Sciences, June 2020
- Guest speaker for Lan Li, HIST 353 Histories of Sensation, Rice University, Spring 2020
- Guest lecturer for Beth Semel, 21A.151 Language, Communication, and Culture, MIT, Spring 2020
- Teaching Assistant to Amah Edoh, 21A.501J/STS.074J Art, Craft, Science, MIT, Spring 2020
- Teaching Assistant to Franco Rossi, 21A.500J/STS.075J Technology and Culture, MIT, Fall 2019
- Guest lecture, Disability and "Assistive" Technology
- Grade 10 History, The Middle East in a Global Context, King's Academy (Jordan), 2017-18
- Teaching Philosophy Statement, April 2016
- Sample Syllabus: ANTH 340 Deafness as Cultural Experience, March 2016 (designed, not taught, as part of the AT Program)
Thanks to Chris Walley and Chris Boebel's class, DV Lab: Documenting Science through Video and New Media, I have also dabbled in ethnographic film. A Different Medium was made in spring 2019, and focuses on hearing students of American Sign Language and how they negotiate their position as ethical learners of the language and their relationship and responsibilities to the Deaf community.
- Profile: Meet Timothy Loh, doctoral student in MIT HASTS, November 2019
- Republished as Uncovering the role of technology and medicine in deaf and signing worlds, December 2019
- Q&A with Timothy Loh (MAAS ’16), conducted July 2018, published November 2019
- Sign Language Co-Curricular: King’s Academy Students Open Their Ears to the Deaf, February 2018
- #TogetherForHope Campaign (video), June 2017
- MAAS Student Timothy Loh Named Davis Fellow for Peace, April 2016
- Timothy Loh Explores Research on Deaf Education in Middle East, November 2015
- Timothy Loh | 225 Faces Project, May 2014
You can reach me via email at timloh at mit dot edu or using the form below.
Want to learn more about getting a PhD in anthropology (especially at HASTS)? Please reach out! I recommend reading the following to learn more about graduate school:
- Thinking Twice about Grad School
- How to Get Into Graduate School
- Identifying Programs, Finding a Supervisor, and Writing a Statement
- The #HiddenCurriculum of Applying to Graduate School
- Anthropology Needs You Much More than You Need Anthropology
- Doctoral programs in Deaf Studies and Disability Studies within Anthropology