I'm a Reader in Linguistics and English Language, in the School of Philosophy, Psychology, and Language Sciences, at the University of Edinburgh.
As a sociophonetician, I study the social aspects of phonetic variation. My research focuses differences in speech among speakers of different social backgrounds and in different social contexts. I'm interested in the factors that affect how speech changes over time. I'm also interested in variation as a social signal and the impact of accent on speakers' credibility and economic success.
My BA is from the University of Arizona, where I worked with Malcah Yaeger-Dror. My MA and PhD are from Stanford, where I worked with Penelope Eckert and John Rickford. Before coming to Edinburgh in 2010, I was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Oxford, working with Deborah Cameron and Rosalind Temple.
"Without something to belong to, we have no stable self, and yet total commitment and attachment to any social unity implies a kind of selflessness. Our sense of being a person can come from being drawn into a wider social unit; our sense of selfhood can arise through the little ways in which we resist the pull. Our status is backed by the solid building of the world, while our sense of personal identity often resides in the cracks."
-- Goffman 1961, Asylums, p.250