Jennifer Briggs


  • M.A., Columbia University, Teaching American Sign Language as a Foreign Language, 2005. Thesis: Non-Manual Grammatical Marking Among L2 Learners of American Sign Language
  • B.A., Gallaudet University, American Sign Language, 2002

Jennifer has been working in the field of interpreting for more than a decade. Her experience includes Deaf-Blind, International sign, and relay hearing-deaf team interpreting in a variety of settings, including legal settings.

Jennifer is a frequent lecturer around the country; her presentations cover various themes such as ASL, Second Language Learning in American Sign Language, and Deaf Blind Interpreting. She also has expertise in designing ASL Curriculum. Her research interests include Second Language Acquisition of ASL and Non-Manual Signals in Tactile ASL.

During Jennifer's spare time, she enjoys camping, scuba diving, kayaking, and other outdoor activities. She enjoys reading magazines and newspapers during her quiet time. Her service dog, Sol, accompanies her everywhere on campus.


Tactile interpretation, international interpretation, ASL curriculum development


Certified Deaf-Blind Specialist, Northern Illinois University
Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI), Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
Conditional Legal Interpreting Permit-Relay (CLIP-R), Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
Qualified Certification from the American Sign Language Teachers Association