Me giving my Grad Slam talk

I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I focus on the documentation, description, and revitalization of languages in the U.S. Southeast and East Africa, with an eye towards linguistic typology and functional theory. I work primarily with Chitimacha (Sitimaxa), an isolate once spoken in Louisiana and now being revived by the Chitimacha Tribe on the basis of archival materials, and Gusii (Ékegusií), an underdocumented and endangered Bantu language of southwestern Kenya, where I do fieldwork.

Prior to graduate school, I was a linguist with the software company Rosetta Stone, where I worked in their Endangered Language Program to create language-learning software with the Chitimacha, Navajo, Iñupiaq, Inuttitut, and Mohawk communities. I received my B.A. in linguistics from The College of William & Mary in 2008, and my M.A. in linguistics from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2015.

A Gusii elder singing