I am an Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Minnesota Duluth, and as of Fall 2018, Head of the Department of English, Linguistics, and Writing Studies. In Spring 2016 I was a residential fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, completing a book project on language contact in Belize, which appeared in February 2018 from UNC Press.
I received my Ph.D. from Yale University in 2009. My advisor at Yale was Larry Horn. Before I went to Yale I did an M.A. in linguistics and literature at the University of North Texas, where my advisor was Haj Ross.
I have been at the University of Minnesota Duluth since the fall of 2011. From 2008-2011, I was a lecturer in the Department of English at the University of British Columbia Vancouver.
I do research in the semantics-pragmatics interface and sociolinguistics. I’m interested in Creole languages of the U.S. and Caribbean as well as regional and social variation in the U.S., including African American and Southern vernacular Englishes in general. I’m currently working on a monograph on Negative Inversion sentences in three Texas Englishes, which is under pre-contract with De Gruyter Mouton.
At UMD I teach courses in sociolinguistics, semantics/pragmatics, phonetics/phonology, and writing. At UBC I taught courses in linguistics, English language, writing, and American literature.