I came to study communication in a roundabout way. A lifelong lover of words and language, I majored in French and Italian as an undergraduate at Princeton University. However, I always found myself most interested in the social and cultural aspects of language than in literature (to my professors’ chagrin, I suspect). My undergraduate thesis focused on the French government’s efforts to legislate and control the evolution of the French language.
After receiving my A.B., I spent a year in Antwerp, Belgium as a Fulbright English Language Teaching Assistant. There, I solidified my interest in working on issues related to language, and in university teaching. A year after I returned to the U.S., I joined the graduate program in the Department of Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where I dove headfirst into all things communication, language and social cognition. Advised by Dr. Howie Giles, I completed my M.A. and Ph.D. with research projects focusing on how inferences about speakers’ motives influence perceptions and evaluations of nonaccommodation.
In the fall of 2013, I joined the faculty at the Department of Communicology at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa in Honolulu, HI, as an assistant professor.