I am an Assistant Professor of Linguistics in the department of English at Texas Tech University. My research primarily focuses on phonology and its interface with phonetics (and morphology), which I investigate in the laboratory. In particular, I am interested in incomplete neutralization and other issues of sub- and supra-phonemic distinctions. More specific research interests, as well as a description of recent and current projects, are laid out here.
I am the director of the Texas Tech Phonetics and Phonology Linguistics Laboratory (TPL).
I completed my Ph.D. in the Linguistics Department at Rutgers University in 2013. My dissertation [abstract] focused on incomplete neutralization, presenting experimental studies on English and Japanese, and arguing for a model of neutralization based on paradigm uniformity in a phonetics with weighted constraints.
A number of scripts and tools for Praat, R, and LaTeX that I've developed are available on the resources page.
My not-infrequent use of "hella", fronted vowels, and complete inability to pronounce [ɔ] all betray my Southern California roots—even though I lived on the east coast for nearly a decade. Texans rarely believe it, but I am a native user of "y'all".
I completed my Ph.D. in linguistcs at Rutgers University in New Jersey, before which I studied linguistics and (linguistic) anthropology at Brandeis University, just outside of Boston.
I also have some non-linguistic interests.