Nina Feygl Semushina

Currently, I am a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Chicago, Goldin-Meadow Laboratory. I work on a multi-site collaborative project investigating how people understand and use statistical concepts (PIs: Breckie Church, Susan Goldin-Meadow, Fey Parrill, David Simkins).

I defended my Ph.D. at UCSD where I worked at Rachel Mayberry Lab for Multimodal Language Development . My primary research interests are sign languages, language evolution, the relationship between language and number, and the impact of delayed language exposure on the adult's language abilities.

In my dissertation I studied the effects of language deprivation on the acquisition of numeracy and linguistic number use in American Sign Language. Besides that, I work on Russian Sign Language morphology.

I am also an alumna of the UCSD program of research and training in anthropogeny - CARTA.

When I am not doing research, I write fiction and I have even published several short stories and a magical realism novel in Russian.