About

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 research interests include attitudes, modals, events, mereology, measurement, scope, and co-linguistic content (e.g., gestures); for more information, see here. My work has been published in the peer-reviewed journals Linguistics and Philosophy, Glossa, and Snippets, as well as the proceedings of Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT). 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