I am in my second year in the PhD program at the University of Oregon, working with Tyler Kendall. My interests are sociolinguistics generally, and more specifically sociophonetics. Prior to my time at the University of Oregon, I received my MA from North Carolina State University, while studying under Walt Wolfram and Erik Thomas.
The primary focus of my work utilizes a landmark longitudinal study of African American English (AAE) at the Frank Porter Graham Institute (FPG) in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, which I have helped in archiving and making accessible to researchers with varied interests. Within this corpus, I have looked at word-final devoicing of word final obstruents, and in collaboration with Mary Kohn, analyzed vowel trajectories over the lifespan as they relate to numerous social factors.
Currently, I am collaborating with Jason McLarty in examining the aspectual system of AAE, specifically habitual be, remote phase BIN and completive done within in the FPG corpus. Further, in an attempt to better understand such a large amount of data as it relates to language change over the lifespan and social factors, I have been working on varying models of social networks of schools and school transience as ways to model language variation.