I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics and the Center for Cognitive Science (RuCCS) at Rutgers University. I completed my Ph.D. in Linguistics at Northwestern University in 2007. Before joining the faculty in 2011, I was a post-doctoral fellow at RuCCS and the Department of Psychology at Rutgers.
In my research, I investigate the way that we acquire, encode, and process linguistic meaning, and how the ability to do so changes over the course of development. My research is thus aimed at answering questions of how children acquire the meaning of words in language acquisition, how children and adults interpret sentences that involve abstract syntax-semantic operations, and how the grammar interacts with other factors such as discourse context and processing. At the heart of my work is the intersection of formal linguistic theory and careful psycholinguistic experimentation using a variety of methodologies suited for the population and research question.
My main topics of investigation in semantics, syntax-semantics, and pragmatics include gradable adjectives, numerals, quantification, measure phrases, comparatives, prosody, and verb phrase ellipsis, although I have a number of other projects as well.