I am an Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Michigan State University. I received my PhD in sociolinguistics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2018, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Learning & Development Lab at Georgetown University in 2020. My research is in variationist sociolinguistics, which analyzes how social factors impact language (like language change across generations), and how language is used to index social meaning by individuals. I am particularly interested in how language changes across generations, and how young speakers (preadolescent and adolescents) push language change forward.


PhD Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania

MA Sociolinguistics, University of Essex

BA English & Linguistics, Calvin University


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