I am a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Computational Psycholinguistics Lab (PI: Dr. Roger Levy) in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT who studies language learning and language processing. From 2018 to 2019, I was a Postdoctoral Associate in the Bergelson Lab (PI: Dr. Elika Bergelson) in the department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University, where I still hold a postdoctoral appointment. Since 2019, I have been funded by an NIH F32 grant to better understand English-learning children’s earliest word composition as a collaboration between the above two labs.
In 2018, I completed my Ph.D. in the Computational Cognitive Science Lab at UC Berkeley (Advisor: Dr. Tom Griffiths), focusing on understanding language learning and language processing with probabilistic models. Before that, I worked as a post-bacalaurreate research assistant at Stanford, a data scientist at a crowdsourcing startup, and as a geospatial data analyst at the U.S. Geological Survey.
My primary research goals are:
With the exception of the occasional talk or publication thread on Twitter, you won’t find me on social media—I left in 2012 after deciding I didn’t really like the vision on offer. I spend my non-academic time doing large format film photography, running a clandestine visual+literary arts collective, backpacking (esp. the Sierras), reading cultural criticism, hosting frighteningly frequent dinner parties (I have a standing offer to cook anything anyone brings me), and tending to my unruly jungle of houseplants. I use he/him pronouns.