I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics at UC San Diego. I completed my PhD in Linguistics at MIT (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 specialize in syntax and the syntax-morphology interface. My recent work has centered around two overlapping topics: (i) the interaction of case, agreement, and movement (especially in ergative languages) and (ii) the internal structure and formation of morphologically complex words. The primary empirical focus of my research is Inuktitut (or Inuktut), as well as related varieties, 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.