Curriculum Vitae


University of Southern California

2014- Present PhD in Linguistics Program

58 term units completed

Cumulative 3.97 GPA

University of Southern California

2012- 2014 M.A. in Linguistics

California State University, Fresno

2012 B.A. in Linguistics (Interdisciplinary Language Studies)

Smittcamp Family Honors College

Minors: Classical Studies (Greek), Anthropology

Honors Thesis: “Postpositive Conjunctions in Chukchansi Yokuts“

Linguistics Society of America Summer Institute

2015 University of Chicago

University of North Dakota

2011 Summer Linguistics Program

Trinity Western University

2010 Summer Linguistics Program



Seeker’s Class Leader

First Congregational Church of Los Angeles

Fall 2015-Spring 2018 member of the team that led weekly sessions of the Seeker’s Class, an adult education class on topics related to the Bible, social justice topics, and Church history.

Academic Bible Study Leader

University of Southern California

Fall 2015-Spring 2018, Mixed graduate/undergraduate progressive Christian Bible study looking at various Biblical texts and themes through an academic lens.

Adult ESL Teacher

Interfaith Refugee and Immigration Service, Los Angeles

Fall 2017-Spring 2018, Designed/taught curriculum and lessons for a mixed-level and age weekly adult ESL class.

Teaching assistant

University of Southern California

Spring 2016 Human Language as Computation (Ling 385)

Fall 2014, Fall 2015 Language and Mind (Ling 275)

Spring 2015 Drugs, Behavior, and Society (Psych 165)

Instructor of Record

University of Southern California

Fall 2013, Spring 2014 Writing and Critical Reasoning – An introductory course in composition.


Loma de Luz Bilingual School, Balfate, Colon, Honduras

Spring 2007 Tutored individual students in basic reading and math.



Forthcoming “Phrase Structure and Linearization: Adverbs in ASL

under review

2017 “The Linguistics of Sign Languages

Guest lecture at UC Irvine, Linguistics 2

2017 “Simultaneity as a window into structure: non-manual negation as explicit scope marking in ASL

BLS43, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

2015 “The simultaneous timing of adjunct adverbs in ASL

NELS 46, Concordia, Montreal, Quebec

2012 “Postpositive Conjunctions in Chukchansi Yokuts

Arts and Humanities Honors Symposium, CSU Fresno, Fresno, CA

2012 “Figurative Language in Fairy Tales, Fairy Tales as Figurative Language

CSU Honors Conference, CSU Fresno, Fresno, CA

2011  “The Sociolinguistic Network: Tracking Generational Change in Sociolinguistic Preferences with Social Networking

CSU Honors Conference, Cal Poly Pomona, Pomona, CA
Great Lakes Expo for Experimental and Formal Undergraduate Linguistics

2009 “Library Study at Fresno State” – Research Team Member

Institute of Public Anthropology




First Congregational Church of Los Angeles

Summer 2016-present, Lay leader position providing support for Sunday morning worship, as well as serving on committees. I serve on the Education committee as well as the Outreach and Justice Committee (see below).


Co-Chair of Outreach and Justice Team

First Congregational Church of Los Angeles

Fall 2016-present, Team focuses on serving the community with fundraising and volunteering for organizations around the city in such sectors as homelessness, education, refugees, and interfaith cooperation.


Refugee and Immigration Volunteer 

Interfaith Refugee and Immigration Service (IRIS)

Fall 2016-present, Interfaith program spearheaded by the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles that provides, among other things, legal immigration services and ESL classes. I have served as a Spanish translator for those seeking legal services and I teach a weekly ESL class.


Member of Education Committee

First Congregational Church of Los Angeles

Fall 2015-present, Committee organizes and oversees adult, youth, and children’s educational
programs including weekly classes and special events.


Library Student Assistant

Teacher Resource Center, Henry Madden Library, CSU Fresno

Fall 2008-Spring 2012, Researched materials needed for teaching in K-12 classrooms, including ESL and foreign language materials as well as the core subjects.




Advanced conversational/reading Spanish

Reading knowledge of Latin and Attic Greek

Basic proficiency in American Sign Language


Advanced: MATLAB

Intermediate: Python

Basic: C++, Java



2014 Practicum in Teaching the Liberal Arts: Linguistics

2013 Theory and Practice in Teaching Expository Writing



2017-2018 USC Final Year Dissertation Completion Fellowship

2015-2016 Frederick and Dorothy Quimby Memorial Scholarship

2012-2013 Frederick and Dorothy Quimby Memorial Scholarship

2008-2012 CSU Fresno President’s Honors Scholarship (four years undergraduate support)

2010, 2012 McClatchy Scholarship in Classical Studies

2011 SIL-UND Summer Study Scholarship

2010, 2011 Bertha and John Garabedian Scholarship in Classical Studies

2011 McClatchy Scholarship for Research Travel

2010 Canada Institute of Linguistics Summer Study Scholarship

2010 Provost’s Study Abroad Scholarship


(updated Dec 2017)