Jeremy L. Brunson, PhD., CI/CT, SC:L is the American Sign Language/English Interpreter for the Superior Court of Maricopa County in Arizona. He is also an Independent Researcher. He holds graduate degrees in Justice and Social Inquiry and Sociology from Arizona State University and Syracuse University, respectively. He also holds a Certificate of Advanced Study in Disability Studies from Syracuse University where he also earned his doctorate in Sociology. He has taught graduate seminars on legal interpreting, socio-cultural dimensions of interpretation, research methodology/design, and proposal writing.
Dr. Brunson has been a nationally certified sign language interpreter for nearly 20 years. He holds the Certification of Interpretation, Certificate of Transliteration, and Special Certificate for Legal Interpreting from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. Although a majority of his work is in the legal arena, during his tenure as a sign language interpreter, he has worked in medical, corporate, educational, theatrical, and political settings.
He has provided hundreds of hours of mentoring and diagnostics to general and legal interpreters for video relay service providers, local schools, referral agencies, persons in private practice, and local courts. He has also consulted for the federal government, county and city courts, and local schools.
Over the years, he has served the national organization of sign language interpreters in the United States, the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), as a member of the Board, the Strategic Challenges and Bylaws Review Task Force, and the Diversity Council. The governor of Arizona appointed him to the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing as the Interpreter Representative.
Dr. Brunson has presented several workshops for interpreters on the use of space, processing between American Sign Language and English, the role of Deaf interpreters, identity politics and interpreting, and legal interpreting. He has also published and presented on the ethics of interpreting, video relay service, professionalization of sign language interpreting, and the changing nature of work of sign language interpreters. His publications have received awards from national organizations, and in 2010, Dr. Brunson was named the Irving K. Zola Emerging Scholar in Disability Studies by the Society for Disability Studies for his paper "Visually Experiencing a Phone Call: Calculated Consumer Labor: The Invisible Labor Deaf People Perform to Gain Access in Video Relay Service." In 2017, Dr. Brunson was named a Fulbright Specialist and awarded a grant to fly to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia where he will stay for 6 weeks to help them develop the first Interpreting Training Program in Mongolia at the International University of Mongolia.