About Me


I'm a postdoctoral research fellow in the Learning and Development Lab at Georgetown University.

I received my PhD in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2018, where my primary advisor was Bill Labov.

My primary research interest is in language variation and change. My dissertation work focuses on the way that dramatic structural sound change (i.e., phonological change) is represented and produced by individual speakers during the change. My postdoc research uses experimental methods to investigate the way that children acquire sociolinguistic and phonological variation.


  • In June 2018 I started a postdoc (PI: Elissa Newport). My work focuses on the way that children acquire phonological variation.
  • In April 2018 I successfully defended my dissertation, ``Mechanisms of Phonological Change''. Read more about it here!
  • I was awarded an LAGB Presenter Bursary (awarded to the top 6 student abstracts) for my presentation at LAGB 2017.
  • In April 2016 I was awarded an NSF DDRI Grant to help fund my dissertation research.