me giving my Grad Slam talk

I am a graduate student in 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, an isolate once spoken in Louisiana and now being revived by the Chitimacha Tribe based on archival materials, and Ékegusií (a.k.a. Kisii), an underdocumented and endangered Bantu language of western 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 for the Chitimacha, Navajo, Iñupiaq, Inuttitut, and Mohawk languages. I received my B.A. in linguistics from The College of William & Mary in 2008.

a Kisii elder singing

On this site, you’ll find my CV, updates regarding my fieldwork and publications, information on my research, the languages I work with, and the courses I teach, plus some useful tools and resources.

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