Past Team MembersPhDs (& dissertations), Postdocs, Post-bacs
Postdoc, Saarland University (Germany)
Masato’s research is shaped by his combined experimental and computational skillset, and by completing a PhD that overlapped with the upheaval of the COVID-19 pandemic. Masato transformed our ability to conduct online speech production experiments, and to better understand the results via computational modeling. His PhD research digs deeply into the puzzle of why different experimental measures yield apparently contradictory findings about the sensitivity of human predictions.
Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Illinois
Hanna is teaching psycholinguistics at UIUC after 6 years at UMD, where she was a lab manager before her PhD. Hanna’s research has focused on the selectivity of linguistic illusions, especially involving negative polarity and word substitutions (“Moses illusions”). She was a mathematician before she was a linguist, and she helped us to raise our statistical game. She and Phoebe Gaston led a project that used a large publications corpus to study gender representation in linguistics over the past 50 years.
Postdoc, University of Connecticut
Phoebe is a cognitive neuroscientist and computational modeler, with a focus on lexical processes. She came to UMD after studying at Yale and working in NYU’s MEG lab. She taught us to think more explicitly about how words are processed in context. She also showed us how to dramatically up our MEG data analysis game. With Hanna Muller she co-led a project that tracked gender representation in linguistics through decades of publication data. She showed us how to turn lemons into lots of lemonade at the start of the pandemic.
Assistant Professor, National University of Singapore
After completing a BA in Linguistics and Economics at Yale, Nick worked in management consulting. Realizing that the true path to wealth and glory lies in linguistics, he joined our team in 2014. Nick’s PhD dug deeply into so-called ‘escapable islands’ in syntax, and how they might be learned. He was involved in many other projects. He found evidence for tense marking in Mandarin. He discovered a Mandarin ‘missing noun illusion’. He put his linguistics and economics expertise to good use outside the university at the non-profit DC Immersion.
Assistant Professor, University of Chicago & Toyota Technological Institute
Allyson works at the intersection of computational linguistics and psycho/neurolinguistics. Allyson studied linguistics and psychology at Brandeis University before studying in Nanjing, China and managing a neurolinguistics lab. At Maryland she immersed herself in computational linguistics, and used that in the service of modeling human electrophysiological findings. She held an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and was co-advised by Philip Resnik. In Chicago she has appointments in both Linguistics and TTI.
Senior NLP Manager, German AutoLabs, Berlin
Lara joined us following a BA in English and an MPhil in Linguistics at Oxford. At Maryland she worked on neurolinguistics and on language processing in children. She developed strong interests in mentoring, and in bringing science to a broader audience. She was one of the first coordinators of the PULSAR program, she led the memorable 2017 Winter Storm workshop, and she did a science policy internship at the Helmholtz Society. She currently combines her love of language with her love of driving large vehicles in Berlin.
Postdoc, CSIRO, Sydney, Australia
Anton is from Chelyabinsk, Russia, and he trained in St Petersburg as a French-Russian interpreter, before getting hooked on cognitive science. While at Maryland Anton researched agreement processing, dug deeply into quantitative methods, and became our unofficial minstrel, his guitar always on hand at social gatherings. Anton’s current position with an Australian government research institute combines his expertise in language processing, computational linguistics, and data analytics.
Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts
Shota led us fearlessly into the world of language production, in order to tackle important architectural questions about production-comprehension relations. He also works on electrophysiology, he has advanced our understanding of how we anticipate upcoming words, and he has a knack for devising ingenious new tasks. Shota is from Japan, did his BA in Linguistics and Psychology at the U of Washington, and later expanded his language production repertoire in a postdoc at UCSD.
Assistant Professor, University of Georgia
Dustin is one of those people with a rare talent for languages: he’s bilingual in Spanish and English, but his true love is Bengali, which he somehow learned in high school in South Dakota. He combines his linguistic flair with analytical, experimental and computational skills that he uses to probe the nature of language diversity. He was an NSF Graduate Research Fellow at UMD, he taught at NYU and Minnesota and a researcher at NYU Abu Dhabi, before starting a faculty position at the U of Georgia.
Assistant Professor, University of Frankfurt
Associate Professor, Ohio State University
Research Assistant Professor, University of Maryland
Associate Professor, University of Toronto
Wing Yee Chow
Associate Professor, Univ. College London
Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts
Akira Omaki (1980-2018)
Assistant Professor, University of Washington
Associate Professor, University of Maryland
Senior Program Officer, National Academies of Science
Professor, UC Santa Cruz
Professor, NYU Abu Dhabi
Jon was never officially part of our team when he was at UMD, but so many people assume that he was, and we’ve worked closely together since then, so it might as well have been true. Jon is adamant that he is a syntactician, not a psycholinguist, but he’s pretty handy at both. In addition to his well-known research on acceptability judgments and reductionism, he has done provocative work on the learnability of complex linguistic constraints. In 2013 he won the LSA’s Early Career Award.
Associate Professor, Tsuda College, Tokyo
Associate Professor, University of Chicago
Associate Professor, Northwestern University
Research Scientist, University of Leiden
Professor, University of Geneva
If there was such thing as a Renaissance Psycholinguist, Nina would be it. She was our first team member at UMD and she showed that it’s possible to work in language acquisition, psycholinguistics, and cognitive neuroscience, in phonology, syntax, and semantics, and to make important contributions in all of them. Originally from Moscow, she held positions in Ottawa (Linguistics) and Bristol (Psychology) before starting her current role in Geneva (Neuroscience).
US Government Language Specialist
Professor, Sangji University, Korea
Natalie Chun-Chieh Hsu
Assistant Professor, National Tsinghua University, Taiwan
Associate Professor, Tokyo Metropolitan University
Lab Manager 2013-2014
Lab Manager 2012-2013
Lab Manager 2011-2012
Lab Manager 2010-2011
Lab Manager 2009-2010
Lab Manager 2008-2009
Lab Manager 2005-2007
Lab Manager 2003-2004
Lab Manager 2003-2004
Lab Manager 2003-2004
Lab Manager 2002-2003
Lab Manager 2001-2002