Octavian "Tavian" Robinson graduated from Gallaudet University in 2002 with a B.A. in history and in 2004 with a M.A. in Deaf Studies. After a brief stint as a digital archives technician, he earned his Ph.D. in history from The Ohio State University. His dissertation, The Deaf Do Not Beg, is about deaf respectability politics during the first half of the twentieth century.
Since then, Tavian has focused his energies on social justice and marginalization in ASL and Deaf Studies. His publications cover a range of topics on deaf women's history, ableist rhetoric, deaf epistemology, and the place of deaf people in higher education.
His current projects are a new book on the public consumption of sign language interpreters in popular culture and the conversion of his dissertation on deaf respectability politics into a book for a general audience.
Outside of research, Tavian enjoys quality time with his dogs, cooking gourmet food, and the occasional venture to the gym.