2021 (ABD, in progress): Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Linguistics.

2013: M.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Linguistics.

2010: B.A., University of California at Davis. Double major in Linguistics and Film Studies with minors in Italian and German.

Summer 2013: LSA Summer Institute at the University of Michigan.

Summer 2014: Faroese Summer Institute, University of the Faroe Islands.


Courses taken in: Spanish, Italian, German, Latin, Arabic, Japanese, Portuguese, Hindi, French, Swahili, Catalan, Swedish, Russian, Faroese, Basque, Modern Greek, Turkish, Mandarin Chinese, Quechua and American Sign Language.

Field Methods: Malayalam, Summer 2013, LSA Summer Institute

Functional proficiency: Spanish

Linguistic research reading ability: Spanish, Italian, German, Swedish, French, Portuguese, and other Germanic and Romance languages with a dictionary, and other languages as needed.

Work Experience & Fellowships

Lecturer of Linguistics, UC Riverside. Courses taught: Syntax, Semantics, Morphology, and Language and the Brain (Recurring: 2016, 2019 to present).

Lecturer in Spanish program, CSU Fullerton. Course taught: SPAN 530, Graduate Seminar: Historical Linguistics, Spring 2021.

For teaching experience at UIUC, see Teaching.

Editor, Studies in the Linguistic Science: Illinois Working Papers (Fall 2011-Spring 2015)

Research Assistant with Dr. Abbas Benmamoun (academic year 2012-2013)

Linguistics Department Weekly Seminar coordinator (academic year 2011-2012)

Linguistics Department webpage editor (academic year 2011-2012)

Departmental Fellowship, Academic Year 2010-2011, Linguistics Department, UIUC

Research Funding

2013: $2000. “Age and Memory Effects on Flexibility in Language Acquisition.” Cognitive Science/Artificial Intelligence Award from the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

2013, with Dr. Tania Ionin:  $1500. “Acquisition of novel linguistic forms by child and adult learners.” SLCL Initiative on Undergraduate Research (PITA), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Other Activities and Awards

Linguistics Department Student Leadership Award, (2014-2015 Academic Year).

Graduate Teacher Certificate through the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, UIUC, April 2015.

Ranked as ‘Excellent’ by the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning via student evaluations, Fall 2014

Coordinator, Syntax and Semantics Reading Group, Linguistics Department, UIUC (Fall 2013-Spring 2014)

Linguistics Department Citizenship award for organization of ISSL, $200 (2013)

Conference co-organizer: Illinois Symposium on Semitic Linguistics (ISSL), conference at UIUC with international and invited speakers (2012)

Abstract reviewer: ISSL 2012 & ILLS 2012-2019

Member, Linguistics Student Organization, UIUC (2010-present)

Founding member, UC Davis undergraduate Linguistics Club (2009-present)

Departmental Citations, Linguistics & Film Studies, UC Davis (2010)

Other Skills

Experienced web designer with knowledge of PHP, HTML, CSS and Javascript.

Creator, (a discussion forum for Linguistics) and (displaying various English accents geographically), ongoing.

Video production and graphic design skills working with current software (Adobe, Apple, etc.) and technology (cameras, microphones, etc.), including image manipulation, video editing and visual effects, as well as audio editing.