I am an Assistant Professor in the University of South Carolina (UofSC) English Department and Linguistics Program. I recently completed my PhD in Linguistics at the University of Michigan (UofM).
My research centers on language in contact and in context, themes that capture both my languages of interest (Creoles and other high-contact and minoritized language varieties, such as Kwéyòl Donmnik) and my domains of interest (e.g., pragmatic elements, such as pragmatic markers). I am also passionate about the inclusion of minoritized languages in linguistics pedagogy and research and am engaged in research centered on the linguistic and professional experiences of Black faculty in the language sciences.
What I love most about being a linguist is having opportunities to spark ah-ha! moments about varieties and features of language that are marginalized, stigmatized, or overlooked. In my work, I draw upon a mixture of methodologies, including corpus-based analyses, metalinguistic interviews and surveys, and experimental tasks.
On this website, you will find more information about my research, my teaching, my current goings-on, and my service work. If you'd like to know more, I never turn down an opportunity to chat about language over a nice cup of tea (over videochat only, please; Stop the spread!!).