I recently received my Ph.D. in Linguistics at UC Davis. I am currently working on projects related to how individuals engage with voice-activated artificially intelligent (voice-AI) devices, such as Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri.

Working with Dr. Georgia Zellou (PI: UC Davis Phonetics Lab, Dept. of Linguistics), we are conducting a series of psycholinguistic experiments to test whether individuals engage with these devices in similar ways as they do with other humans. I am also currently collaborating with Dr. Zhou Yu (PI: UC Davis Language and Multimodal Interaction Lab, Dept. of Computer Science) on projects related to the Amazon Alexa Prize chatbot, Gunrock.

When I’m not researching, teaching undergraduates, or helping put on workshops, I enjoy kayaking on Sugar Pine Reservoir, camping in the Tahoe Forest, and slowly teaching myself Franz Liszt’s ‘Liebestraum’ on the piano.


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