I am a Lecturer of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at UCLA. In 2017, I earned my PhD in Applied Linguistics at UCLA researching Empathy through language. Using electrophysiological (EEG) and behavioral experimental methods, I explore the interface of Linguistic Empathy (perspective taking) and Social Empathy in my dissertation.
Teaching is central to my work and who I am as a person. Having taught courses in Applied Linguistics, ESL, TESOL, Linguistics, academic writing, and beyond, I enjoy working with a range of student populations. Spreading appreciation, awareness, and passion for language is central to my work as an educator. By incorporating fun into the learning environment, students associate a positive attitude with the learning process. From here, motivation and trust then become inherent, and students walk away from the class with lasting memories and real knowledge.
My previous work explores Empathy relations through conversation and discourse analytic methods, as well as the role of musicality in Language Evolution.
Research & Teaching Interests: Empathy, Language Acquisition, Pragmatics, Psycholinguistics, Neurolinguistics, Intonation, Prosody, Language & Gender, Pronunciation, Curriculum Design, Cooperative Learning, Conversation and Discourse Analysis, Language Evolution, Experimental Linguistics, Writing Assessment.