About Me


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I'm a fifth year PhD Candidate and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Washington. My research is primarily in the areas of computational sociophonetics and sign linguistics.

Some current research projects:

Media coverage:

  • My research on dialect and gender bias in Youtube's automatic captions was covered in depth by the Daily Dot, and mentioned in this article about prejudice in machine learning and this article by the Atlantic. 
  • My research on deictic and semantic influences on emoji ordering was featured in New York Magazine's The Science of Us .

Education and Outreach:

  • Instructing for Software Carpentry, a volunteer organization which offers free introductory courses in scientific computing (Unix shell, Python, R, Git, SQL).
  • Writing a blog to introduce linguistics concepts to a lay audience.
  • Volunteering at outreach events such as Paws On Science at the Pacific Science Center.