About Me

I am a graduate student and researcher in the Linguistics department at University of California, San Diego, working with Dr. Will Styler and Dr. Marc Garellek. I am also a visiting scholar in the Neuroscience of Language Lab at New York University Abu Dhabi, directed by Dr. Liina Pylkkänen and Dr. Alec Marantz.

My research interests are primarily in phonetics and neurolinguistics. I study the acoustics of speech production and the neural bases of speech perception in monolinguals, bilinguals, and language learners.

While these interests are mostly linguistic in origin, my research intersects with neuroscience, cognitive science, and data science, and I use a variety of methods (behavioral, MEG, MRI) to investigate speech, language acquisition, and bilingualism.

I am also a hearing signer who is interested in how sign language may broaden the scope of our understanding of language production and perception in human cognition.

Prior to arriving at UCSD, I completed my B.A. (’15) in Language and Mind at New York University, working primarily with Dr. Lisa Davidson, and my M.A. (’16) in French Studies at the New York University Institute of French Studies, with a focus on decolonization, marginalization, and gender and sexuality in the contemporary Francophone world.

Outside of the lab, you can find me playing marimba, baking cookies, fighting monsters, enjoying a day at the beach, or wishing I was in Paris.


  • American English (California)
  • French (Parisian Standard)
  • Arabic (Modern Standard, Levantine, Gulf)
  • Spanish (Mexican)
  • American Sign Language
  • Khaleeji Bastaki (UAE)