I am a postdoc in the Department of Linguistics at Stanford University where I work for Meghan Sumner. My research is mostly on speech perception with particular interests in coarticulation (the overlap and interaction of successive articulatory gestures of the vocal tract) and the indexical aspects of the speech signal (auditory cues to speaker identity, group membership, emotion, etc.).
Before this I taught a variety of courses including phonetics, phonology, and computational linguistics at Rice University.
I am a phonetician, and think of what I do as laboratory phonology (Pierrehumbert, Beckman, & Ladd 2000, Association for Laboratory Phonology), which means I am interested in the quantitative, empirical study of the sounds and gestures of language. In particular, I am interested in our phenomenal ability to perceive and control complex patterns of variation.
Before grad school, I enjoyed ten years as technical lead of the University of Michigan's web infrastructure team. This entailed a lot of programming, systems administration (first SunOS, then Solaris, and then Linux), database administration (mysql, oracle), and cat herding (managing people).
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