I am the Watz Early Career Professor in Language and Linguistics, Associate Director of the Center for Language Acquisition, Co-director of the Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Education and Research, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Linguistics at The Pennsylvania State University.

Broadly, my research interests are in second language acquisition and psycholinguistics, especially crosslinguistic influence and morphosyntactic development.

Before joining Penn State, I held a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at The University of York (2013-16)  for the project, “The role of explicit information in remapping meaning in a second language: An experimental intervention study”. This project examined the effectiveness of providing explicit instruction about both L1 and L2 for the L2 learning of complex and late-acquired features (see publications and talks). From 2011-13, I was a Research Fellow in French Applied Linguistics at the University of Southampton on the Languages and Social Networks Abroad Project (LANGSNAP), a two-year longitudinal study investigating the roles of social networks and language engagement on French and Spanish language learning during study abroad (see publications and talks).



Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition and French Linguistics, Newcastle University, United Kingdom, 2011

M.A. in Applied Linguistics (Corpus Linguistics), Aston University, United Kingdom, 2008

B.Sc. (Hons) in Modern Languages: French and German, Aston University, United Kingdom, 2006