I am a visiting assistant professor of linguistics at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. I have broad research interests in linguistics, and have worked on research questions in syntax, semantics, and the interaction between syntax and morpho-phonology.
My research is based on both quantitative and qualitative data. Specific methods include eliciting data from native speakers both 'locally' and in the field, and also self-paced-reading and survey research paradigms. I have a long-standing interest in Hawaiian and comparative Polynesian linguistics, with a focus on the syntax, phonology, and morphology of these languages. My dissertation examines the morpho-syntax and semantics of morphological imperatives, and I am interested in the semantics of mood and modality more generally. Additional projects include more empirically oriented work on locality in Japanese, a collaborative project on speech errors in English, and (currently) on the licensing of heavy NP-shift in English.
At Carleton I am teaching introductory and advanced syntax, socio-linguistics, and comparative Polynesian linguistics. Before this, I studied linguistics at the University of Michigan, where I taught additional courses both as TA and as sole instructor.
Before starting graduate school, I enjoyed three year-long teaching positions with diverse students and in radically different places: an English 'cram-school' in Northern Japan, an elementary school in Oregon (via AmeriCorps), and in a 'Gymnasium' as a Fulbright teaching assistant in Linz, Austria. Prior to that, I studied Ancient Greek and Latin at the University of Oregon.