I’m a PhD candidate in the Linguistics Department at UC Berkeley. My research focuses on the way people use language in understanding and constructing social identities. As a sociophonetician, I’m particularly interested in which phonetic features are used in presenting a particular persona, and which are meaningful for listeners judging their interlocutors.

My interests also include the interface between sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics. Which linguistic processes and behaviors are socially driven, which are psychologically based, and how do the two interact? This includes work on the formation and performance of linguistic stereotypes, particularly as related to sexual orientation as a social identity. I also research accommodation, investigating which social and psychological forces drive individuals to converge or diverge in speech.


To provide further support and a place for sociophoneticians at UC Berkeley, I started the Sociophonetic Research Exchange and Discussion group in 2013. SPREAD meets weekly. Sociophoneticians attend from multiple departments in the university. The meetings include both casual and more formal presentations of research by members and guests, as well as discussions of published work on topics of interest.