About me

Academic

I’m currently a third year Ph.D. student in linguistics at New York University, where I’m a member of both the Neuroscience of Language Lab and the Child Language Lab. I’m primarily interested questions about how people develop, store, and use abstract representations in sentence processing. I focus on both behavioral and neurolinguistic investigations in answering these questions, and I work with both child and adult participants. Most of this work investigates syntactic effects of agreement features as a way to understand how these features affect incremental meaning representations during parsing. However, I’ve also used priming paradigms as a way to study abstract phonological representations, and I’ve used felicity judgment tasks with child participants to study the development of abstract quantity-related inferences.

I completed an M.A. in linguistics in May 2017 after working for a few years in the EEG lab at Michigan State University with my adviser, Dr. Alan Beretta. My research has focused on how people process nominal compounds in sentences as a way of understanding what cues can lead a parser to commit to a structure it has built, and what elicits the need for revisions of that structure.

Personal

I’m a strong believer in community engagement and volunteerism. I spent three years in the Peace Corps serving in Benin, and I worked for two years with The Listening Ear Crisis Intervention Center as a volunteer crisis counselor on their hotline. I currently work with Community Help in Park Slope (CHiPS), volunteering with their residence program and soup kitchen.

I also really enjoy just about anything that takes me outdoors. I bike places whenever I can. Several time per year, I go hiking, canoeing, snowshoeing, etc. Fun fact: I was an amateur circus performer for four years.