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Hello! I am a linguist and Assistant Professor of Communication and Rhetorical Studies at Syracuse University. My expertise is in discourse analysis, or what is referred to as language and social interaction within Communication Studies. I primarily focus on analysis of everyday conversation in North American English. I also work on social media data in Mexican Spanish as well as on media more broadly (specifically, how people quote media in everyday conversation!).

I am currently writing a book called Millennials Talking Media: Shifting Epistemic Frames, Creating Intertextual Identities in Everyday Talk with Oxford University Press. In the book, I analyze how millennial friends make intertextual media references (to film, TV shows, books, songs, videogames, and internet memes) in their everyday talk for specific interactional functions. My research has also been published in journals such as Language in Society and the Journal of Pragmatics. I also have a co-authored chapter with Natasha Shrikant called “Fake Alignments” in the new (2020) edited volume Language in the Trump Era: Scandals and Emergencies, edited by Norma Mendoza-Denton & Janet McIntosh with Cambridge University Press. See my Publications page to download copies of my work if any of this sounds interesting to you!

I completed my Ph.D. in the Department of Linguistics at Georgetown University in 2016. Previously, I received a B.A. in Linguistics and Spanish from the University of Mary Washington (UMW), worked as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant at the Instituto Tecnológico de Jiquilpan in Michoacán, Mexico, and then as a Prince William County Spanish teacher in Virginia. I also hold a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Teaching English as a Second Language from UMW and an M.S. in linguistics from Georgetown.