I'm an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics at University of Colorado Boulder, and Affiliate Faculty in the Departments of Anthropology, Ethnic Studies, and Women & Gender Studies. I’m interested in the role of phonetic variation in the performance and construction of marginalized identity in communities of queer/trans individuals and People of Color (POC).
One of my main strands of research explores the linguistic and embodied practices of gender-non-normative and non-binary individuals. My primary project explores the role of language and the body in the articulation of non-normative gender among a community of radical drag queens in San Francisco, many of whom identify as non-binary. I explore the meaningful interaction between visual presentation and linguistic performance, arguing that the social meaning of linguistic variables cannot be divorced from their embodied context. In addition, colleague Ariana Steele and I have explored the role of phonetic variation in the articulation of non-binary identity across communities, showing that phonetic patterns vary between communities of practice in meaningful ways that go beyond essential connections between particular phonetic realizations and particular performances of masculinity and femininity.
I am also interested in how intersectional identity connects with linguistic practice in communities of individuals who are racialized in particular ways. In collaborations with colleague Sharese King, we explore how phonetic variation illuminates intersections between race, place, gender, and sexuality in various communities. We explore how POC participate in regional sound changes and what these phonetic patterns say about their orientations to race and locality, and how POC use gendered linguistic variables in particular ways that illuminate the role of geographical, historical, and racial context on the linguistic performance of gender and sexuality.
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