Before completing the Linguistics PhD program at Georgetown University, I graduated from Boston College in 2009 with a BA in Arabic and Islamic Civilization. In addition to coursework at BC, I studied Arabic at the Yemen College of Middle Eastern Studies and The American University in Cairo. I also studied Hebrew at Bar-Ilan University while completing a research Fulbright in Israel. A year working as an education advisor at AMIDEAST Yemen in Sana’a sparked my interest in the Modern South Arabian languages. As a theoretical linguist, I apply my knowledge of and experience with Semitic languages to my research utilizing generative morphosyntactic frameworks.

When not doing linguistics, you can usually find me painting, traveling or hanging out with my three-legged cat, Arja.