Curriculum Vitae

CAREER AND EDUCATION
2015 – present Assistant Professor
Department of Cognitive Science
University of California, San Diego
2012 – 2015 Postdoctoral Researcher
Department of Developmental and Comparative Psychology
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany
Fall 2015 (expected) Ph.D. in Psychology
University of Leipzig, Germany &
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (MPI EVA)
2012 Ph.D. in Arts (Linguistics)
Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands &
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (MPI)
2004 Laurea (M.A.) in Communication Studies.
University of Bologna, Italy
2004 M.A. Honors from Honor College (Collegio Superiore).
University of Bologna, Italy
2001 – 2002 Visiting Student at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA

 

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
Summer
2013
Visiting Fellow
Centre of Excellence on Intersubjectivity
University of Helsinki, Finland
Fall
2011
Junior Fellow
School of Language and Literature
FRIAS (Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies),
Freiburg, Germany
2009 – 2011 Visiting Researcher
Dept. of Developmental and Comparative Psychology
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany
2004 – 2008 Graduate Student Researcher
Language and Cognition Group
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Project: “Multimodal Interaction”
Principal Investigators: Nick J. Enfield, Jan-Peter de Ruiter
Fall 2002 –
Winter 2004
Research Assistant
Dept. of Communication Studies, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy
Project: “Psychotherapy and Conversation”
Principal Investigator: Fabrizio Bercelli
Spring
2002
Research Assistant
Dept. of Sociology, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA
Project: “Communication and Satisfaction in Primary Care Teams”
Principal Investigator: John Heritage
Spring
2001
Intern
Language and Cognition Group, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Project: “Gestures”
Principal Investigator: Sotaro Kita

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Fall
2014
Lecturer
“Social Cognition in Ontogeny and Phylogeny”
Psychology Department, University of Leipzig (Germany)
Spring
2014
Lecturer (with Michael Tomasello)
IMPRS course on “Origins of Human Cognition, Language, and Languages”
MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig (Germany)
Fall
2013
Lecturer
Graduate Seminar on “Analyzing Multimodal Interaction”
Linguistic Department, University of Bayreuth (Germany)
Fall
2013
Lecturer
“Social Cognition: A Developmental and Comparative Perspective”
Psychology Department, University of Leipzig (Germany)
Fall
2013
Lecturer (with Richard Moore)
“Radical Interpretation in Theory and Practice: The Cognitive Foundations of our Knowledge of Other Minds”
School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt University, Berlin (Germany)
Fall
2012
Lecturer
“Conversation Analysis”
Cross-Cultural Research Week. University of Osnabrueck
Winter
2010
Lecturer
“Conversation Analysis”
Department of Communication Studies, University of Bologna
Spring
2008
Lecturer (with Paolo Leonardi)
“Conversation Analysis”
Department of Communication Studies, University of Bologna
Spring
2007
Lecturer (with Fabrizio Bercelli)
“Visible behavior in interaction”
Department of Communication Studies, University of Bologna
Spring
2006
Lecturer (with Fabrizio Bercelli)
“Conversation and Social Institutions”
Department of Communication Studies, University of Bologna
Winter
2004
Lecturer
“Conversation Analysis: Methodology and data collection”
Department of Communication Studies. University of Bologna

 

GRADUATE THESIS SUPERVISION
Patricia Grocke (Ph.D.) (Co-supervision with Dr. Tomasello)
Sarah Bitzmann (M.A.) (Co-supervision with Dr. Tomasello)
Lydia Fiedler (M.A.) (Co-supervision with Dr. Tomasello)
Ramona Frickel (M.A.) (Co-supervision with Dr. Tomasello and Dr. Kanngiesser)
Andreas Gallschuetz (M.A.) (Co-supervision with Dr. Tomasello)
Maria John (M.A.) (Co-supervision with Dr. Tomasello and Dr. Melis)
Sarah Swenshon (M.A.) (Co-supervision with Dr. Tomasello and Dr. Melis)

 

SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS
2015 SRCD (Society for Research on Child Development) Student Travel Award
2014 International Conference on Conversation Analysis (ICCA) Best Dissertation
Award for 2010-2013
2011 SRCD (Society for Research on Child Development) Student Travel Award
2004 – 2007 Max Planck Society Ph.D. Scholarship
2003 Thesis Abroad Prize, University of Bologna
2001 Overseas Program Grant, University of Bologna
1998 – 2004 Collegio Superiore Scholarship

 

SERVICE
2012 – present Co-organizer of Social Cognition Seminar
Department of Developmental and Comparative Psychology, MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig
2012 – present Co-organizer of the Institute Seminars at the MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology.
2007 Co-organizer of the 4th Annual Conference of Conversation Analysis of Psychotherapy. Bologna, Italy
2005 – 2006 Ph.D. Student Representative to the directorate of the MPI for Psycholinguistics
2005 – 2006 Ph.D. Student Representative in the Research Facilities Committee of the MPI for Psycholinguistics
2004 Co-organizer of Multidisciplinary approaches to Bilingualism Summer School (TUBBS)
2000 – 2001 Student Representative to the directorate of Collegio Superiore of the University of Bologna

 

AD HOC REVIEWER
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Australian Review of Applied Linguistics (ARAL)
  • Autism Research
  • Child Development
  • Child Development Perspectives
  • Cognition
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Discourse Processes
  • Frontiers in Psychology
  • Interaction Studies
  • Interpreting
  • Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics
  • Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
  • Journal of Pragmatics
  • Plos One
  • Research on Language and Social Interaction (ROLSI)
  • Text & Talk