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I am a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania's Language Variation & Cognition Lab (PI: Meredith Tamminga).

My research focuses on understanding what people know (or believe) about linguistic variation and its social correlates. I combine (often novel) experimental methods and corpus data to understand what kind of social and linguistic information is mentally represented, and how this information is stored, utilized in speech perception and production, and updated over time.


I received my Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2020 and my Master's in Sociolinguistics from North Carolina State University in 2015. 

I am also affiliated with the Cultural Evolution of Language Lab and the Embick Lab at Penn. 

Recent News

April 8, 2022

LSA "Meet the Author" Webinar

Come meet the author (Me!) on April 8th for the LSA's "Meet the Author" webinar series. I'll be talking about my recent Language paper "Experimental evidence for expectation-driven linguistic convergence."

March 22, 2022

Paper published in Language

My paper, "Experimental Evidence for Expectation-Driven Linguistic Convergence," based on my dissertation work, is out this month in Language.

October 21, 2021

Talks at NWAV

I'll be giving two talks at NWAV49: "A hierarchical clustering approach to continuing and reversing sound changes," with Meredith Tamminga and "The role of dialect background in expectation-driven shifts in perception and production," based on a replication of my dissertation work.

March 1, 2021

Paper accepted in Linguistics Vanguard

My paper with Wei Lai and Meredith Tamminga, "Individual differences in simultaneous perceptual compensation for coarticulatory and lexical cues," has been accepted at Linguistics Vanguard.