Christy Hennessey

Official Title: 
Lecturer in American Sign Language

A native ASL signer, originally from Rome, NY. Married to a Deaf husband and a hearing son. She has several Deaf family members. On a personal level, Christy enjoys reading, traveling, scrapbooking, and a pet Dog at home with her family.


  • Currently Adjunct Professor of the Penn Language Center at UPenn
  • American Sign Language Teacher Association, Qualified Certification

A graduate of Gallaudet University, the only liberal arts university for the Deaf, with a Bachelors Degree in American Sign Language Studies, and a Masters of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling for the Deaf from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Selected Publications: 
  • Contributor to Signs and Voices:  Deaf Culture, Identity, Language, and Arts on Civil Rights for Deaf and Hard of Hearing employees.  Gallaudet University Press. 2008.
Courses Taught: 
  • LING 071-680 Elementary American Sign Language I
  • LING 072-681 Elementary American Sign Language II
  • LING 073-680 Advanced American Sign Language III
  • LING 074-680 Advanced American Sign Language IV
Other Affiliations: 
  • Member of National ASL Teacher Association
  • Member, Chapter PA ASL Teacher Association
  • Member, Deaf Women United, Inc.
  • Member, American Deaf Association of Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Member, National Association of the Deaf
  • Member, Gallaudet University Alumni Association
  • Member, Delta Alpha Sigma Sorority Alumni Chapter