Professional Activities

A complete list of current and past research, service, and professional development activities can be found on my CV.

In Fall 2020 I was a research fellow in the “Disciplining Diversity” Residential Research Group through the UC Humanities Research Institute. The interdisciplinary research group critically examined the concept of diversity in higher education through our experiences as students, teachers, and scholars, and we have a forthcoming series of scholarly essays.

Since 2017, I have been a graduate participant in the UC-HBCU/NSF REU Scholars in Linguistics Program and Talking College Project as a graduate researcher, teaching fellow, and research mentor to undergraduate participants. The partnership program brings together Black students from UCSB, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and other institutions around the country who are interested in African American language and culture in linguistics and related fields, with the aim of increasing the representation of Black graduate students in language-related fields. (PIs: Anne Charity Hudley & Mary Bucholtz).

In 2019, as part of my professional development through the UC-HBCU/NSF REU Scholars in Linguistics Program, I spent spring semester at one of the program’s partner HBCUs. As a visiting instructor and scholar in-residence, I taught linguistics in the Department of English, assisted with Honors College programming, and learned from university faculty, staff, administrators, and students.

I participated in the School Kids Investigating Language in Life and Society (SKILLS) program for three years as a graduate teaching fellow, site coordinator, and research assistant. The program is a community-based partnership between graduate students, undergraduates, and faculty at UC Santa Barbara; local Santa Barbara high schools; and Santa Barbara City College. It provides high school students the opportunity to take a college-level language and culture course, conduct original linguistic research relevant to their lived experiences, and access resources to prepare for post-secondary education.

I am an active member of the Linguistic Society of America’s Committee on Ethnic Diversity in Linguistics. The committee works to make linguistics and the society more accessible and structurally supportive of language researchers from ethnoracial groups that are underrepresented in the field. I also serve on the society’s Social Media Committee.

I am an affiliate of the Center for Critical Race and Digital Studies, a collective of scholars who work on the intersections of race, media, and technology from interdisciplinary perspectives grounded in critical theories.

With UCSB Linguistics Colleagues after our presentation at NWAV 48
(University of Oregon, 2019)