PhD Computational Linguistics
CUNY, Graduate Center
I am a PhD in Linguistics candidate at the Graduate Center, CUNY. My reseach interests include: Grammar Induction, Information Extraction, Narrative Analysis, Corpus Linguistics, Syntax, Language and Speech Processing, Sociolinguistics, Authorship Analysis, Ethics and Bias in NLP. I earned a B.S. in English from Jacksonville University, an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine Stonecoast program, and an MA in Linguistics from the University of Nevada, Reno.
When I'm not working, I kind of dabble a bit in everything. I write creatively, and I read and edit fiction and nonfiction (you can find some of my creative works in Fiction Southeast and the Tahoma Literary Review). I love playing video games. I actively follow sports and eSports. I enjoy programming, hiking, brunching, and bar hopping with friends, as well as helping people with research projects.
Activities W/ Friends
Conducting phonetic analysis and annotating audio files as part of the construction of a spoken Tigrinya dataset for training Tigrinya acoustic model.
Conducted phonetic data analysis as part of an experimental phonetics study on vowel duration and phonological contrast of vowel duration in Tigrinya.
Observed the syntactic patterns of various published fiction authors to determine similarities between syntactic choice and authorial style. Results of study presented in seminar entitled Style as Theory given at Stonecoast Winter Residency 2016.
Worked closely with CS department and Core Writing department to develop long term plan for building and expanding a interdisciplanary corpus of upper and lower-level student writing to act as a research tool for Core Writing faculty and a student writing example online resource.
Conducted sociophonetic data analysis under Prof. Valerie Fridland and Prof. Ian Clayton as part of an ongoing variationist study of glottalization and consonant cluster deletion in West Coast Anglo and Native English speakers.
Gave seminar talk on the statistical distribution of the syntactic patterns of various fiction writer’s syntax and their relationship to long standing theories on the development of authorial style.
Lead instructor for two sections of ENG101: First Year Comp 1
Lead instructor for two sections of ENG101: First Year Comp 2
Teaching Assistant for four sections of CH 212: Science, Technology, and Society in the Modern Era
anticipated May 2025
August 2011 – May-2012