About me

I’m a second year Ph.D. student at the Department of Language Science at UC Irvine, where I am advised by Noga Zaslavsky.

Before coming to Irvine, I earned an M.S. in computational linguistics at the University of Washington, working with Shane Steinert-Threlkeld at the CLMBR lab. Before that I earned a B.A. in philosophy at UC San Diego.

I am interested in the various cognitive and cultural pressures that shape human languages. To this end, most of my published work focuses on how computational principles can explain empirically observed constraints on linguistic meaning. Ultimately, I’m interested in understanding how people transfer information efficiently – not just at the level of the vocabulary, but at the level of naturalistic, socially-grounded language use.

Here is my cv.