I am a linguist working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Leibniz-Center for General Linguistics (ZAS) in Berlin, as part of the project DP-Border (PIs: Artemis Alexiadou and Uli Sauerland). Before coming to ZAS I earned my PhD in linguistics at Stony Brook University, specializing in semantics and its interfaces with syntax and pragmatics. My dissertation, The Mereology of Attitudes, was advised by Richard Larson. My theoretical, computational, and experimental research covers such diverse topics as attitudes, modals, events, mereology, measurement, scope, and co-linguistic content (e.g., gestures); for more information, see the research section of this site. My Google Scholar profile can be seen here.

Outside of linguistics, my primary hobby is music. I studied composition and jazz piano performance at Williams College, and was working toward a music career before seeing the light and becoming a linguist. The music section of this site includes some samples of my work as a pianist, composer, and singer-songwriter. I’m also a diehard fan of American football (go Ravens!) and chess. My pronouns are he, him, his.

Photo by Kerstin Vihman