About

Isla Isabela, Galapagos, Ecuador, with Putney Student Travel

I was born and grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I attended Brown University for college, where I studied Hispanic Literature and Culture.

My interest in linguistics developed from my time in Barcelona teaching multilingual kindergarteners and second graders at the Benjamin Franklin International School.

I completed an M.A. in Hispanic Linguistics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, focusing on syntax, psycholinguistics, and L2 acquisition.

My Ph.D. research at Georgetown focused on the syntax/semantics interface, tense and aspect, and nominal concord. My dissertation, The Morphosemantics of Spanish Gender: Evidence from Small Nominals, presents an analysis of gender interpretation in Spanish bare nouns.

During my Ph.D., I began to develop annotation for tense and aspect, spatial relations, and speech acts in AMR for human-robot dialogue through a fellowship with the Army Research Lab (ARL). Much of my interest in computational linguistics is due to the incredible members and support of NERT.

Apart from my research, I enjoy traveling and have led several language learning trips with Putney Student Travel. I am an avid runner, hiker, skier, singer, and reader, and I take any opportunity I can to hear good live music and dance.