about me

I am currently a lecturer in semantics at Berkeley. In AY19-20, I was a postdoctoral lecturer and researcher in semantics at the Institute for Language and Information at Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf, Germany.

My broad research interests are in semantics, pragmatics (particularly formal and experimental approaches), and reasoning. Recently, my focus has been on the connections between lexically-driven inference and compositional semantics, and in particular on formal approaches to causal dependence in lexical and compositional semantics. My dissertation, Causality, aspect, and modality in actuality inferences, develops a causal analysis of actuality inferences from ability modals, based on a causal analysis of the lexical semantics of implicative verbs. I also work on causative verbs, (quantified) exceptive constructions, and conditionals.

I received my PhD in linguistics in 2019 from Stanford University. Prior to that, I studied at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, and received my MPhil in linguistics (specialization in syntax, semantics, and psycholinguistics) in 2013. I completed my B.A. in mathematics (with minors in linguistics and philosophy) from the University of Chicago in 2010.