I study signed and spoken languages and gesture to discover insights about language processing, language emergence, and learning.

I am currently a postdoc at the Center for Research in Language at UC San Diego. I am a member of the Padden Lab, which is directed by Professor Carol Padden and consists of graduate and undergraduate students in Linguistics, Communication, and Psychology.


I received my Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Maryland, College Park. In my graduate training, I worked with Professors Bill Idsardi (Ph.D. supervisor), David Poeppel, and Gaurav Mathur. Collaborators on sign language processing studies also included Clifton Langdon and Connie Pucci. My research was supported by an NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant, Gallaudet's NSF Science of Learning Center on Visual Language and Visual Learning, and UMD's NSF IGERT Program in Language Sciences. I was also a member of the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Laboratory at UMD.

Prior to my Ph.D. training, I attended Harvard University, where I received joint bachelor's and master's degrees in Linguistics.