Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, I graduated from Yale University in 2013 with a B.A. in linguistics and classical Greek. At Yale I worked for two years as a research assistant to Claire Bowern, who introduced me to language documentation, historical linguistics beyond Indo-European, and (obliquely) Amazonian languages.
After my BA, I spent the full 2013-2014 academic year conducting documentary fieldwork on Máíhɨ̃ki, a severely endangered Western Tukanoan language spoken in northeastern Peru, with the support of Yale's Parker Huang Undergraduate Travel Fellowship. Since August 2014, I have been based at UC Berkeley as a Ph.D. student and advisee of Lev Michael.