Ph.D. 2014     Linguistics, Cornell University (Dissertation)

M.A. 2005     Linguistics, University of North Carolina

B.A. 2003     Spanish and Linguistics, University of Virginia


2016 – Present     Adjunct Assistant Professor, Linguistics, UNC–Chapel Hill
2014 – Present     English Language Specialist, Writing Center, UNC–Chapel Hill

Teaching Experience

Credit-bearing courses

Navigating the Research University
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

First-year Writing Seminar: The Death of Language
Cornell University, Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines

Introduction to Linguistics
Cornell University
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Introduction to Spanish
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Intermediate ESL, Writing and Grammar
Richland Community College, Dallas, TX

Non-credit-bearing courses

US English Pronunciation
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Research Presentation Skills
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Academic Writing for Graduate Students
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


2015. Approaching a phonological understanding of the sesquisyllable with phonetic evidence from Khmer and Bunong. In N.J. Enfield & B. Comrie (Eds.), Languages of Mainland Southeast Asia: The State of the Art. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.

2014. Bunong. In M. Jenny & P. Sidwell (Eds.), The Handbook of Austroasiatic Languages. Leiden: Brill.

2014. Deconstructing the Southeast Asian Sesquisyllable: A Gestural Account. Ph.D. dissertation. Cornell University.

2014. A Gestural Account of Minor Syllables: Evidence from Khmer. Proceedings of the 48th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society (2012).

2012. [With Tilsen, S. et al.] A Cross-linguistic Investigation of Articulatory Coordination in Word-initial Consonant Clusters. Cornell Working Papers in Phonetics and Phonology.

2006. The Pharyngeal Hierarchy. SKY Journal of Linguistics 19:229-237.

Presentations and Posters

2018 (Upcoming). Dialect Diversity at the University: A Report on the Effectiveness of an Educational Initiative. SALSA XXVI, University of Texas at Austin.

2018. Languages from the Highlands: An Overview of Linguistic Viability. Cambodian Highlanders Conference, UNC – Wilmington.

2016. [With Smith, R. & Oh, S.] Bringing Consensus to Writing Centers: A Radical New Frontier. International Writing Centers’ Association, Denver, CO.

2016. A Comparison of Bunong Dialects through the Creation of an Audio-Visual Corpus. Carolina Asia Center, UNC – Chapel Hill.

2016. Understanding Dialect Diversity through Spectrographic Comparison: Technology as a Non-Evaluative Medium in the TESOL Classroom. Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching 8, University of Calgary.

2015. Sesquisyllables and the Communist Other: Considerations of the Southeast Asian Linguistic Area. Linguistics department invited talk, University of Georgia.

2015. Deconstructing the Southeast Asian Sesquisyllable. Friday Linguistics Colloquia, UNC – Chapel Hill.

2015. The Commodification of Southernness as Counter-Hegemonic Resistance. Southeastern Writing Center Association Conference, Lipscomb

2013. The Nonequivalence of Phonological Categories and Phonetics in Burmese. MOT Phonology Workshop, University of Ottawa.

2013. Half-syllables in Two Southeast Asian Languages. Cornell University Southeast Asia Program Brown Bag Lecture Series.

2013. A Gestural Interpretation of Variation and Variability in Minor Syllables. The 87th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America.

2012. A Gestural Deconstruction of the Minor Syllable. Mainland Southeast Asian Languages: The State of the Art in 2012, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.

2012. Intrusive Schwa in Khmer. The 13th Conference on Laboratory Phonology, University of Stuttgart.

2012. A Gestural Account of Minor Syllables: Evidence from Khmer. The 48th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistics Society.

2011. Unary Stress as a Result of Coupled Oscillators. The 2nd UConn Workshop on Stress and Accent.

2011. A Reanalysis of Minor Syllables: The Interaction of Word Maximality and Positional Markedness. Southeast Asian Linguistics Society XXI, Kasetsart University.

2010. Registrogenesis in Bunong: The Interaction of Phonetics and Phonology. Workshop on Sound Change, Institut d’Estudis Catalans.

2010. Degar Identity and Language. Southeast Asia Program Graduate Student Symposium, Cornell University.

2010. The Sesquisyllable as a Disyllabic Word. CUNY Conference on the Word in Phonology.

2005. The Pharyngeal Hierarchy: A Solution to the Blocking of Emphasis Spread in Arabic. University of Texas at Arlington Student Conference in Linguistics.

Selected Service

Linguistic Diversity–A Thrive@Carolina initiative, UNC–Chapel Hill

Advisory Committee on the International Student and Scholar Experience, UNC–Chapel Hill

Southeast Asia Faculty Working Group, UNC–Chapel Hill

Global Resident Advisors Leadership Team, UNC–Chapel Hill

Carolina Family Scholarship Committee, UNC–Chapel Hill

Student Veterans Support Network, UNC–Chapel Hill

Research Languages

Bunong (cmo)