About

I am an American linguist and data scientist based in Berlin, Germany, currently in the process of transitioning from academia to the private sector. Before becoming a data scientist my previous position was as a postdoctoral researcher at the Leibniz-Center for General Linguistics (ZAS) in Berlin, where I worked for three years as part of the project DP-Border (PIs: Artemis Alexiadou and Uli Sauerland). I earned my PhD in linguistics from Stony Brook University in 2018, specializing in semantics and its interfaces with syntax and pragmatics. My dissertation, The Mereology of Attitudes, was advised by Richard Larson.

While I enjoy all kinds of data science-related work, my favorite--perhaps unsurprisingly, given my background--is natural language processing (NLP). If you're interested in seeing some of my work as a data scientist, you can check out my GitHub page. As an academic researcher in linguistics, my theoretical, computational, and experimental work 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 work, my primary hobby is music. I studied composition and jazz piano performance at Williams College, and was working toward a music career before going to grad school. 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