Dr. Jeremy L. Brunson is an associate professor in the Department of Interpretation.
He is a sociologist by training and holds graduate degrees in Justice Studies and Sociology from Arizona State University and Syracuse University, respectively. While at Syracuse University he earned a Certificate of Advance Study in Disability Studies and his Ph.D. in sociology. He was awarded the 2008 Dissertation Award for his doctoral thesis. His dissertation, which was later published by Gallaudet University Press as Video Relay Service Interpreters: Intricacies of Sign Language Access (2011), explored the social organization of video relay service work. In addition to his academic credentials, Dr. Brunson holds the Certificate of Interpretation, Certificate of Transliteration and Special Certificate in Legal Interpreting all from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.
Dr. Brunson's research interests can be found at the nexus of the sociology of work, the sociology of the professions, and Disability Studies. He has published and presented on video relay service interpreting, the professionalization of sign language interpreting, and the social construction of identity of sign language interpreters. He was named the 2010 Irving K. Zola Emerging Scholar in Disability Studies for a paper written about the invisible work and "calculated consumer labor" deaf people perform. He is currently working two projects. The first project explores the work of sign language interpreters who hold staff positions. For this project he is interviewing staff interpreters about their everyday experiences. His second project examines the social organization of "competency" in the Restoration to Competency Evaluation process. Both projects aim to situate the work of sign language interpreters in a larger context.
Dr. Brunson is also interested in qualitative research methodologies, sociological theory, and is part of a growing number of scholars around the world, but mostly in Canada and the United States, who employ an approach known as institutional ethnography to understand the everyday. Institutional ethnography has as its ontology that the everyday is a product of the concerted activities of people located in different places and, to better understand the immediate, one must explore the remote.
Dr. Brunson is a card-carrying member of the ACLU.