Graduating class: 2020
Advisor: Marlyse Baptista
Since Graduating from U-M
Since I graduated from U of M, I moved to Chicago and started a tenure track assistant professor position at Northeastern Illinois University. I teach classes with a focus on sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics, and I founded the Trilingualism Lab where we analyze speech data from trilingual speakers to detect cross-linguistic influences.
I am passionate about my work on Transylvanian Saxon (TrSax) for various reasons. I enjoy researching the language and learning more about the history of the Transylvanian Saxon community. I am perhaps most proud of my article on TrSax verb clusters in the journal Language, and my dissertation. I gathered a lot of data from the speakers that allows me to document parts of Transylvanian Saxon and how the three languages are spoken in the community. I am also able to work on data analysis with my students, and it brings me a lot of joy to be able to train students and to continue my research.
How has your U-M linguistics degree influenced your career path?
My training at U-M has been fundamental for my current career as an Assistant Professor of Linguistics. My U-M linguistics degree equipped me with the necessary tools to continue my teaching and research successfully. I feel confident taking what I learned to the next level by continuing the research that I started during my dissertation, creating my own classes, and training students in linguistic research methods. I do, however, remain in close contact with my former advisor Marlyse Baptista, other professors in the department, as well as current students and alumni from the U-M linguistics department. Their input is still crucial in my work!