Welcome!

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics at UC San Diego. I completed my PhD in Linguistics at MIT in 2018 (you can download my dissertation here). I also have a BA and MA in Linguistics from the University of Toronto. Prior to joining UC San Diego, I was a Postdoctoral Researcher and Instructor in Syntax at the University of Chicago.

I mainly work on syntax and the syntax-morphology interface, and am particularly interested in case and agreement (especially ergative systems), movement, pronouns, and polysynthetic word-formation and incorporation; lately, I have also been thinking a lot about how these phenomena interact with one another. My research primarily focuses on Inuktitut (or Inuktut) and other languages of the Eskimo-Aleut or Inuit-Yupik-Unangan language family, which I have been learning about in various ways since 2009. I also have past and present projects on Yimas (Lower-Sepik; Papuan), Kikuyu (Bantu), and San Juan Piñas Mixtec (Oto-Manguean).

The header image was taken in July 2017 near the community of Iqaluit, Nunavut, after several “bergy bits” washed up on the shore.