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2012 –  Postdoctoral Research Associate

Department of Linguistics
University of Maryland

2012 –   Postdoctoral Research Associate

Center for Advanced Study of Language
University of Maryland


2012 PhD in Linguistics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Phonological and Phonetic Biases in Speech Perception
Chair: John Kingston
Members: John J. McCarthy, Joe Pater, Lisa Sanders

2004 BA in Linguistics with honors, summa cum laude, University at Albany, SUNY

Grants, Honors, and Awards

2010-2012 National Science Foundation
SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant
“Phonological and phonetic biases in speech perception”
Award No. 0951846

2008 National Science Foundation
Early Researcher Travel Grant to attend LabPhon11, Victoria University of Wellington

2004 Presidential Award for Undergraduate Research
University at Albany

2004 Francine W. Frank Award for Excellence in Linguistics
Program in Linguistics, University at Albany

2001-2004 Presidential Honors Scholarship
University at Albany


2014 “Context effects as auditory contrast.” Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics 76(5), 1437-1464. With John Kingston, Shigeto Kawahara, Della Chambless, Daniel Mash, and Sarah Watsky.

2014 “Positive expectation in the processing of allophones.” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 135(6), EL350-EL356.

2014 “Headed tone spans: Binarity and minimal overlap.” Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies 32(1): 35-53 (Special issue: Microlinguistics in Southern Africa). With Lee Bickmore.

2011 “Autonomous relations between phonological and phonetic encoding in perception.” In: S. Lima et al. (eds.) Proceedings of the 39th North East Linguistic Society Meeting. Amherst, MA: GLSA. 455-466.


At UMD (all as Instructor)

Linguistics 322: Phonology II
Linguistics 429: A Course in Phonetics (2x)
Linguistics 320: Phonetics
Linguistics 200: Introduction to Linguistics

At UMass Amherst

Linguistics 414: Phonetics for Linguists (Teaching Assistant, 3x)
Linguistics 402: Speech Sounds and Structure (Teaching Assistant)
Linguistics 201H: Honors Introduction to Linguistic Theory (Instructor)
Linguistics 201: Introduction to Linguistic Theory (Instructor, 3x)
Linguistics 201: Introduction to Linguistic Theory (Teaching Assistant)
Linguistics 101 (online): People and Their Language (Instructor)
Linguistics 101: People and Their Language (Teaching Assistant, 2x)

Invited Talks

2015 “Distinguishing auditory and linguistic effects on speech perception.” University of Kentucky. 6 February 2015.

2010 “Great expectations: German /ç/ and the course of speech perception.” Institut für Phonetik, Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main. 27 January 2010.

Refereed Conference Presentations

2014 “Discrimination and identification training for Mandarin and Korean speech perception.” Poster presented at Psychonomic Society Annual Meeting, Long Beach, CA. 20-23 November 2014. With Erica Michael, Gregory Colflesh, Valerie Karuzis, Svetlana Cook, Noah Silbert, Christopher Green, Evelyn Browne, C. Anton Rytting, Eric Pelzl, and Michael Bunting.

2014 “Effects of statistical learning and perceptual difficulty on the acquisition of non-native phonological contrasts.” Presentation given at GURT 2014, Georgetown University. 13-16 March 2014. With Svetlana V. Cook, Kira Gor, Gregory Colflesh, Christopher Green, Valerie Karuzis, Erica Michael, C. Anton Rytting, and Noah Silbert.

2013 “Structured heteronomy of acoustic features within a dialect border region.” Presentation given at ICLCE5, University of Texas at Austin. 25-29 September 2013. With Kelly Abrams, Thomas Purnell, William Idsardi, and Nora Oppenheim.

2010 “Do non-speech contexts mask or contrast with speech targets?” Poster presented at Laboratory Phonology 12, University of New Mexico. 8-10 July 2010. With John Kingston and Sarah Watsky.

2008 “The relation between phonological and phonetic encoding in speech perception: Interactive or autonomous?” Poster presented at NELS 39, Cornell University. 7-9 November 2008.

2008 “Interactive and autonomous modes of speech perception: Phonological knowledge and discrimination in English and French listeners.” Presentation given at Laboratory Phonology 11, Victoria University of Wellington. 30 June-2 July 2008.

2008 “The independence of auditory and categorical effects on speech perception.” Poster presented at Laboratory Phonology 11, Victoria University of Wellington. 30 June – 2 July 2008. With John Kingston, Shigeto Kawahara, Della Chambless, and Sarah Watsky.

2005 “Headed Spans and Bantu tonology.” Presentation given at 36th Annual Conference on African Linguistics. Savannah, GA. 1 April 2005.

2004 “Cibemba imbrication revisited: An OT approach.” Presentation given at 35th Annual Conference on African Linguistics. Harvard University. 2 April 2004.

2004 “Pied-piping with inversion in Copala Trique.” Presentation given at the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas Annual Meeting, Session on Zapotec Languages. Boston. 9 January 2004. With George Aaron Broadwell.

2003 “Nyore verbal tonology.” Presentation given at 4th World Congress of African Linguistics/34th Annual Conference on African Linguistics. Rutgers University. 21 June 2003. With Mokaya Bosire.

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