About me

I am a Lecturer in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania. I joined UPenn in 2015.

I held a Junior Research Fellowship at Wolfson College, University of Oxford between 2014-2017.

I completed my PhD at the University of Cambridge, with a dissertation on argument structure in Chinese. My PhD was funded by the ERC project Rethinking Comparative Syntax (PI: Ian Roberts), which was concerned with the status of parameters in current theory.

My undergraduate studies were in modern and classical Chinese (SOAS; 2010). I also hold an MPhil in Linguistics (Cambridge; 2011), for which I wrote a dissertation on clause level distinctions in root/embedded syntax in Mandarin.

I was a visiting student at Beijing Normal University in the year 2007-2008. In 2006 I spent a semester teaching English as a Foreign Language at Guangxi University for Nationalities in Guangxi Province, China, and at its associated secondary school for students from minority nationality backgrounds. It was in Guangxi that I first discovered the diversity of linguistic varieties spoken in mainland China.