I was born in Southern California, and I studied Philosophy and Linguistics at UCLA before receiving my Ph.D. from UCLA in Philosophy in 2016. My current research is on the nature of public words as they function in linguistic communication. I argue that public words are the products of a particular kind of social relation holding among agents in a linguistic community. Relatedly, I argue that we build public words in each new conversational setting.
My other areas of research interest include dynamic accounts of meaning, word-creation in spontaneous conversation, coordination and cooperation in linguistic communication, linguistic power, and philosophy of dance.
In my free time, I enjoy choreographing and teaching contemporary dance.