I'm currently an assistant professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), with joint appointments in the interdepartmental Program in Indo-European Studies (PIES) and in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (NELC). I received my PhD from PIES in 2017, then spent time as a Humboldt Research Fellow in the Lehrstuhl für Historische und Indogermanische Sprachwissenschaft at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München before returning to UCLA.
I specialize in Indo-European comparative-historical linguistics and in the philology and linguistics of the Anatolian languages, with particular focus on Hittite. My research is concerned broadly with the synchronic and historical grammar of the Anatolian languages, and with how these inform our understanding of the rest of the Indo-European language family.
Some aspects of my recent research are outlined below; downloadable versions of my publications and conference handouts/posters/slides are available here. Feel free to contact me with any questions here.
[ News ]
- 12/4/2024: Today I'm in Edinburgh for the Sixth Edinburgh Symposium on Historical Phonology. I'll be delivering a paper this afternoon on vowel deletion in the ancient Indo-European languages. I argue that cyclic vowel deletion should be reconstructed for Proto-Indo-European itself — check out the slides here.
- 9/4/2023: I'm in Istanbul this week for the 12th International Congress of Hittitology. This afternoon I'll be talking about the diachrony of Old Hittite "voice reversal" — when and why did this voice alternation develop? My slides are available here.
- 8/3/2023: How was the "endingless locative" stressed in Proto-Indo-European? You can now read my take here (forthcoming in the Proceedings of the 33rd Annual UCLA Indo-European Conference).