• Ph.D. Spanish Linguistics, UCLA (2025, expected)
  • M.A. Linguistics, University of Kentucky (2018)
  • B.A. Spanish and Music Technology, Transylvania University (2015)


I am an experimental phonologist and second-language Spanish learner from rural Kentucky. My research focuses on second-language phonetics/phonology as well as the intersection of language and music. I have taught several elementary language classes as well as introductory linguistics courses. My dissertation investigates to what degree musical training can aid second-language learners in producing Spanish rising diphthongs in a more native-like fashion.