Danielle Hunt

Assoc Prof/PhD. Coordinator
Language, Education & Society

Danielle Hunt

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Danielle I. J. Hunt, PhD, has been a faculty member in the Department of Interpretation and Translation since 2013. Dr. Hunt is originally from Corpus Christi, Texas, and has been working as a professional American Sign Language-English interpreter since 2000 and her specialty in the field is performing arts interpreting. She founded Bay Area Communications, a signed language interpreting agency in 2001, expanding her private practice to include several other interpreters. Dr. Hunt first came to Gallaudet as a visiting student in the Fall of 2000. Upon completion of her BA degree in Sociology from Texas A&M - Corpus Christi, she returned to Kendall Green as a graduate student in the MA in Interpretation program. Upon graduation in 2006, she stayed in the DC area as a staff interpreter with Sign Language Associates. She joined Gallaudet Interpreting Service as a staff interpreter in 2009. In 2010, she entered the inaugural class of the Department of Interpretation's PhD in Interpretation program and graduated with her doctorate in 2015. Her doctoral dissertation, The work is you: Professional identity development of second-language learner American Sign Language-English interpreters, is currently forthcoming with Gallaudet University Press. She has served as a manuscript reviewer for the Registry of Interpreters Press and as an ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of Undergraduate Interpreting Studies. She worked as co-editor of the 2014 Conference of Interpreter Trainers proceedings. She has presented at numerous conferences both nationally and internationally.

Danielle I. J. Hunt, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Interpretation and Translation, and currently serves as the PhD in Interpretation Program Coordinator. As program coordinator, she manages assessment and tracking of the programs in addition to advising students and maintaining program integrity. She also manages DoIT's social media presence. Her area of expertise include the professional identity development of American Sign Language-English interpreters. She also researches gatekeeping, professional conduct and ethical practices, and curriculum development in interpreter education.

She holds the NAD-RID National Interpreter Certification - Advanced (NIC-A) and Board for Evaluation of Interpreters Certificate - Master (BEI Master). 

Danielle I. J. Hunt, PhD, has taught graduate courses in the Department of Interpretation and Translation, including Fundamentals of Interpreting, Field Rotation, Professional Practice I, Professional Practice II, Field Rotation, Interpreting the Discourse of Education, Internship, and Guided Research Project II. As an adjunct faculty member at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas, she taught Fingerspelling and Numbers in their interpreter education program.  

Danielle I. J. Hunt, PhD, maintains an interpreting practice in the DC/MD/VA metro area. At Gallaudet, she currently serves as Chair of the Council of Graduate Education (CGE) and previously served on the Professional Development Fund (PDF) committee, and member of the Advisory Board for the Center for the Advancement of Interpreting and Translation Research (CAITR). She has served on and chaired faculty search committees and staff interpreter search committees.

She is a member in good standing with the following organizations: the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), Potomac Chapter Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (PCRID), Critical Link, and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).



Hunt, D. I. J. (Forthcoming). ‘The work is you’: Professional identity development of second-language learner American Sign Language-English Interpreters. Studies in Interpretation Series. Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press.


Metzger, M., Cagle, K., & Hunt, D. I. J. (2019). Undergraduate and Graduate Level interpreter education: Pedagogical considerations. In Sawyer, D. & F. Austermühl (eds.). The evolving curriculum in interpreting and translator education. ATA Scholarly Monograph Series. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Articles in Refereed Journals

Roy, C., Alley, E., Hunt, D., & Santiago, R. (2013). Research studies in interpretation from Gallaudet’s doctoral students. International Journal of Interpreter Education, 5(2), 96-110.


Hunt, D. I. J. & Nicodemus, B. (2017). Learning and internalizing ethical practices in students: Advancing a Student Code of Professional Conduct. Proceedings from CIT 2016: Out of the Gate, Towards the Triple Crown: Research, Learn, & Collaborate. Lexington, KY: CIT. 

Hunt, D., I. J. & Nicodemus, B. (2014). Gatekeeping in ASL-English interpreter education programs: Assessing the suitability of students for professional practiceProceedings from CIT 2014: Our Roots: The Essence of Our Future. Portland, OR: CIT.


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