I am a Visiting Assistant Professor at Swarthmore College.
I study the semantics of time: how do humans communicate about when things happen? My dissertation provides a formal model of nominal evaluation times, including nominal lexical aspect, interaction with a sentential tense operator, interactions with the evaluation times of nominal modifiers, and the dynamic effects of novelty on evaluation times.
Recently, I have also been working on equitable and inclusive pedagogical methods for teaching and evaluation in university-level linguistics courses.
Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 2023: I was awarded the Swarthmore Faculty Research Support Grant in the amount of $3600 to work with Swarthmore research assistants on a morphological transducer that will provide data to aid in the creation of the next textbook for the Hän Revitalization Project.
May 2023: Rainey Williams, Mario Peng Lee, and I published our paper The Diverse Names Generator: An app for decreasing bias and promoting inclusion in the 2023 LSA Proceedings.
May 2023: I finished my first year teaching at Swarthmore!
April 2023: Invited talk at San Diego State University: EDI Benefits of Alternative Grading Systems in Undergraduate Linguistics Courses.
January 2023: I was runner-up for the Five-Minute Linguist competition at this year's LSA annual meeting. Watch my talk on Why you can never tell whether someone is currently a fugitive to learn a little bit about the temporal side of lexical semantics in a fun and engaging 5 minutes.
January 2023: Rainey Williams, Mario Peng Lee, and I presented our work on the Diverse Names Generator - our website and app that allow linguists to generate diverse names on the fly without bias - at the LSA annual meeting in Denver. I'm so proud of my RAs!
December 2022: My RAs Rainey Williams and Mario Peng Lee were awarded Travel Grants from the UCLA Undergraduate Research Center for Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences for our upcoming presentation at the LSA in January 2023.
November 2022: Both of my RAs - Rainey Williams and Mario Peng Lee - were awarded Undergraduate Research and Travel Awards by the UCLA Linguistics Department for our upcoming presentation at the LSA in January 2023.
November 2022: I was awarded the Swarthmore Faculty Research Support Grant in the amount of $1800 for work on the Hän Revitalization Project.
October 2022: My chapter SemanTasks and SemanTricks: Using Linguistic Knowledge to Your Advantage was accepted for publication in Games for Students of Linguistics.
September 2022: I have been selected to compete in the Five Minute Linguist Competition at the LSA annual meeting in January.
September 2022: My RAs - Rainey Williams and Mario Peng Lee - and I will be presenting our work on the Diverse Names Generator at the LSA in January.
September 2022: We have completed the First Annual Hän Language Camp! Three days of teaching and learning the Hän language in Eagle Village, AK, and we got to debut our Hän language learning materials: textbook, phrasebook, flashcards, and bingo cards. Pictures coming soon!
August 2022: I began my position as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Swarthmore College, teaching Semantics and Introduction to Language and Linguistics.
June 2022: I got a grant from the UCLA Center for the Advancement of Teaching for the Diverse Names Generator project.
June 2022: I graduated with my doctorate from UCLA!
May 2022: My article Implementing Skills-Based Grading in a Linguistics Course (with Richard Stockwell) was published in this year's edition of Teaching American Speech.
May 2022: I have accepted a 3-year Visiting Assistant Professorship at Swarthmore College!
May 2022: I have filed my dissertation!
April 2022: UCLA Colloquium: It's About Time: A long-expected relationship between nouns and tense.
March 2022: My manuscript Implementing Skills-Based Grading in a Linguistics Course (with Richard Stockwell) was accepted for publication in this year's edition of Teaching American Speech.
March 2022: The UCLA Department of Linguistics has hired me to edit the materials for their course Ling 1: Introduction to the Study of Language for equitability and inclusivity.
March 2022: I presented a talk on Skills-Based Grading at the UCLA Center for Education Innovation & Learning in the Sciences' (CEILS) Journal Club for STEM Education Research
January 2022: I have accepted an offer to teach Semantics and Pragmatics at San Diego State University for the Spring 2022 term.
December 9, 2021: I successfully defended my dissertation! See the defense handout here.
November 2021: Richard Stockwell and I submitted a manuscript Implementing Skills-Based Grading in a Linguistics Course for publication. Learn more about our work with Skills-Based-Grading here.
April 2021: My paper Locality constraints in nominal evaluation times was published.
March 2021: The Hän Revitalization Project just celebrated our first printing! Check out our flashcards and phrasebook here.
March 2021: My paper Skills-Based Grading: A novel approach to teaching formal semantics (with Richard Stockwell) was published. Learn more about my pedagogical work here.
February 2021: Invited talk at the University of Oklahoma: Revitalizing a pronominal system. Slides available on this page.
February 2021: Invited talk at UCSD: Three Facets of Nominal Temporal Information. Handout available on this page.
January 2021: Two talks presented at the LSA: Locality constraints in nominal evaluation times & Skills-Based Grading: A novel approach to teaching formal semantics. Handouts, slides, and associated papers available on this page.