I’m a PhD candidate in the linguistics department at UCLA, and I’m on the academic job market. I’m advised primarily by Bruce Hayes, and I also work with Megha Sundara, Tim Hunter and Jesse Harris. I’m affiliated with the UCLA Phonetics Lab, the UCLA Language Acquisition Lab, and the UCLA Language Processing Lab.

My CV can be found here.

My research is in theoretical , computational, and experimental phonology, with particular interest in learning/acquisition, the representation of overlapping and interacting phonological processes, and phonology’s interfaces with (morpho)syntax and the lexicon.

  • My dissertation is on Lexical Conservatism (Steriade 1997), and examines the influence of a word’s morphological relatives on how it participates in forming novel words. For example, why rémedy + -able = remédiable, but párody + -able = párodiable? Check out this draft to find out (feedback welcome!).
  • Constraint cumulativity is also the topic of a major line of research; see papers here (accepted for publication in Phonology), here (resubmitted to Glossa, with Adam Albright – MIT), and here (accepted to Laboratory Phonology, with Shigeto Kawahara – Keio U.).
  • Phonological influences on syntax are something I think a lot about; see here (published in Language, with Bruce Hayes – UCLA).

Methodologically, I make use of whatever tools are needed for the job: right now, this means computational modeling (Bayesian and otherwise), corpus methods, online surveys of understudied languages, and laboratory experiments of all types.

Teaching evaluations can be found here.

Feel free to get in touch: first initial last name æt ucla dot edu.


  • Lightening talk at CUNY 2021 entitled “Inside the wug-test: phonological well-formedness and processing costs” [slides]
  • Talk presented at LSA 2021 entitled “Base effects are probabilistic: a case study in Lexical Conservatism” [slides]
  • Poster presented with Z. L. Zhou at LSA 2021 entitled “Towards substantively biased typology: Effects of environment on P-map biases” [poster]