My research focuses on the evolution and interaction of Oceanic languages, specifically in Polynesia and Vanuatu. Through language documentation and comparison of many understudied languages in these areas, I work to uncover not only historical linguistic relationships but also historical relationships between the speakers of these languages (contact networks, spheres of exchange and interaction, and population movement). I currently co-lead the Comparative Oceanic Linguistics project.
- BA Anthropology/Philosophy, Marquette University, USA (2004)
- PhD Linguistics, "The language of Rapa Iti: Description of a language in change", University of Hawai'i, USA (2015)
- Postdoctoral Research Fellow and P.I., "Documentation of Reo Magareva", National Science Foundation Documentation of Endangered Languages Program (2015-2016)
- Co-P.I., "LINKEAST: Diversification and linkages among Eastern Polynesian languages", Université de la Polynésie française (2016-)
- Postdoctoral Researcher in Linguistics, Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History (2016-)