My Research

I'm the Lindsay Family Humanities Teaching Fellow in the Linguistics Department at the University of Chicago. I specialize in language contact, change, and variation, with a particular focus on language endangerment and shift in Siberia. I received my PhD from the University of Chicago in 2020, with a dissertation on ongoing morphosyntactic change in Chukchi. My overarching research interest is developing a typology of languages in situations of unstable multilingualism and shift, including endangered languages, heritage languages, and contact varieties. My work integrates approaches from contact linguistics, sociolinguistics, experimental psycholinguistics, and formal syntactic theory. Languages I have worked on include: Chukchi, Yupik, Even, and Sakha in Siberia; heritage Lithuanian in Chicago; and heritage contact varieties of Russian (Russian in Alaska and Ukraine). I am also passionate about understanding the unique challenges faced by Arctic peoples in the preservation of their languages and cultures.

My work has been funded by the National Science Foundation (BCS-1761551), a Russian Mega-grant (2020-220-08-6030), the Mellon Foundation, and the University of Chicago Humanities Division.