30.png

I am a quantitative social scientist, in the process of getting my PhD from the Linguistics department at the University of Pennsylvania. My research interests are eclectic and interdisciplinary: I am primarily interested in language change and variation, especially as relates to spatial patterns, but it's hard to find a topic in linguistics I'm not interested in.

My current research interests include Game Theoretic approaches to Pragmatics (specifically, implicature, 'dog whistle,'  euphemism, and microaggression), Evolutionary Game Theoretic approaches to modeling language change and variation, social stratification in language, various topics in African American Vernacular English, tonal phenomena in Mandarin, and Bantu Morphosyntax. Lately, I've taken a deep dive into spatial statistics and the relationship between spatial patterns and underlying processes.

My advisors are Robin Clark and William Labov.

I came to linguistics late. I spent the last 10 years as a struggling jazz musician (what jazz musician isn't?) and more recently as a research assistant and facilitator for a consulting firm that specializes in high performance through effective management of diverse workforces -- with a significant number of government and military clients.

I speak some slightly southern version of 'General American' and AAVE natively, and am fluent in French. I also speak Mandarin, and a decent amount of Spanish, Dutch, and a smattering of other languages. My undergraduate degree is a Specialist degree in East Asian Studies (specifically, China studies) from University of Toronto, cum laude.