Jeremy L Brunson
  • 2008 Ph.D. – Sociology, Syracuse University
  • 2005 C.A.S. – Disability Studies, Syracuse University
  • 2004 MA – Sociology, Syracuse University
  • 2003 MS – Justice Studies, Arizona State University, Main
  • 2000 BA – Sociology, Arizona State University, West
Short Biography

Dr. Jeremy L. Brunson is an associate professor and the Ph.D. Program Coordinator 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.

Selected Publications

2012. (co-authored with Dennis B. Galvin) "Culture and Disability in the Classroom." Pp. 91-107, in James E. Groccia, Mohammed A.T. Alsudairi, and William Buskist (eds.), Handbook of College and University Teaching: A Gloval Perspective. Sage Publication: London, UK.

2011. Video Relay Service Interpreters: Intricacies of Sign Language Access. Gallaudet University Press. Washington, DC.

2011. (co-editor with Mitchell E. Loeb). Disability Studies Quarterly, Special Issue on Mediated Communication.

2010. "Visually experiencing a call: the calculated consumer laobr Deaf people perform to gain access through video relay service." Disability Studies Quarterly. Vol. 30:2.


Qualitative and Feminist Methodologies
Social Theory
Sociology of Disability/Sociology of Deafness
Sociology of Work and the Professions
Sociology of Sign Language Interpreting
Legal Interpreting
Institutional Ethnography


Arizona Legal-A Interpreting License awarded in 2011
Special Certificate: Legal awarded in 2011
Certification of Transliteration awarded in 1998
Certification of Interpreting awarded in 1997

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