I'm a PhD candidate in the Linguistics Department at UC Berkeley. My primary research interests are speech perception, episodic models of language, and socio-cultural linguistics. My methods are experimental and computational.
I'm a proud member of the UC Berkeley PhonLab and the Sociolinguistics Lab at Berkeley (SLaB). My co-advisors are Prof Keith Johnson and University of Kentucky's Prof Kevin McGowan. My work will forever be indebted to the inimitable Dr. Susan Lin.
I use both she/her and they/them pronouns.
How do "high level" social constructs interact with "low level" processing of phonetic detail as language users construct and navigate social worlds?
What role does social information play in perceiving linguistic meaning?
How can we harness scientific understanding of these processes for social change?
I'm also dedicated to making academic communities more equitable, inclusive, and diverse. This is because I believe that the best insights about how our world works come from communities made up of varying perspectives, and where those backgrounds are honored with a spirit of non-judgment, empathy, and interculturalism. I believe that natural phenomena cannot be described completely by observation from only one angle, that collaboration is needed to generate the most productive insights, and that everyone does their best work when they feel respected, included, and seen. I believe in trauma-informed approaches as a force for equity and justice.
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We recognize that Berkeley sits on the territory of Huichin, the ancestral and unceded land of the Chochenyo Ohlone, the successors of the historic and sovereign Verona Band of Alameda County. This land was and continues to be of great importance to the Ohlone people. We recognize that every member of the Berkeley community has, and continues to benefit from the use and occupation of this land, since the institution’s founding in 1868. Consistent with our values of community and diversity, we have a responsibility to acknowledge and make visible the university’s relationship to Native peoples. By offering this Land Acknowledgement, we affirm Indigenous sovereignty and will work to hold University of California Berkeley more accountable to the needs of American Indian and Indigenous peoples.