Who is this guy?
I am a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in Linguistics at the University of Arizona.
I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and so speak Pittsburgh English natively, but I have lived in Boston, MA and Tucson, AZ for school.
I received my B.A. in Linguistics (with minors in History and in Arabic Studies) from Boston College in 2014,
and my M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Arizona in 2018.
You can learn more about my current research projects on my research page.
Broadly, I am interested in spoken and visual word recognition, priming, morphological processing,
morphological change, contact-induced change, language documentation, and methods and statistics.
I have conducted research on Maltese, Hebrew,
Wolof, and English.
Together with John Powell, I founded and organize the Friends of Yuman meeting group: we are a group of University of Arizona students and faculty who meet weekly to read and discuss linguistic and anthropological research on the Yuman language family.
From 2016 to 2020, I also managed the Psycholinguistics and Computational Linguistics (PsyCoL) Lab.
In this capacity, I organized our weekly lab meetings, coordinated the use of lab equipment and space, and provided consultation on statistics and experimental methods.
I am also a member of the Endangered Language Circle (ELC) and the Multilingual Group (MuG) at the University of Arizona.
I am the administrator for the Linguistics Department's Sona Sign-Up System.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about Sona.
I am a volunteer intern at the Huhugam Heritage Center on the Gila River Indian Community.
I work closely with Piipaash community members and staff from the HHC and Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community's Cultural Resources Department
towards documenting the Piipaash language (aka "Maricopa"), which today is spoken by Elders at both the Gila River and Salt River communities.
For the past three years, I have organized Arizona Linguistics Circle (ALC), an annual graduate student-run linguistics conference held at the University of Arizona.
I served as conference chair for ALC11,
and on the organizing committee for ALC10
I was also the webmaster for Coyote Papers: Working Papers in Linguistics, a publication of the Arizona Linguistics Circle.
You can learn more about Coyote Papers here.
When I am not doing linguistics, I like to watch horror and sci-fil films and tv shows (the lower quality, the better).
I've met lots of famous folks from the horror industry, including Lloyd Kaufman, Judith O'Dea, Tom Savini, and George Romero
(the picture above is of me and George at The Living Dead Weekend 2014 in Evans City, PA).
I would probably do something in the horror industry (or manual labor) if not for linguistics.
I like to read for pleasure, especially sci-fi and historical nonfiction (e.g., Pittsburgh, Malta, the American Southwest).
I also enjoy research articles on corvid intelligence,
prairie dog communication, and
social commentary on professional wrestling.
Otherwise, I like to explore Tucson, and Arizona more generally. Some of my favorite places include:
Recently, I've learned that I'm fascinated by birds.
I like observing birds, reading about bird intelligence and social behavior, folk ornithology (check out Amadeo Rea's (2007) Wings in the desert: a folk ornithology of the northern Pimans), and wondering what birds think about on a daily basis.
I've yet to meet a bird I didn't like, but I'm particularly fond of Verdin, Vermilion Flycatcher, Mexican Jay, House Sparrow, Pied-billed Grebe, and Northern Cardinal.
In my freetime I also like to photograph local birds.
The picture to the left is of my favorite bird, a female Black Redstart, taken at the University of Malta (2019-11-23).
You can find me on Facebook or check out my eBird profile to see more bird pictures.
Kitt Peak National Observatory
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Page, AZ (The Chains)