I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Cultures, Languages, and Performing Arts at Brigham Young University Hawai’i.

On the side, I am co-editing The Open Handbook of Linguistic Data Management with Dr. Andrea Berez-Kroeker (PI), Dr. Bradley McDonnell (co-PI), and Dr. Lauren Collister. This volume is expected to appear as the first in the MIT Press Open Handbooks in Linguistics series.

My research foci are language typology, language documentation and conservation, and historical linguistics. Other research interests include morphology, animacy hierarchies, inverse voice, numeral systems, ethnomusicology language documentation, ancient writing systems, Afroasiatic languages, and pidgins and creoles.

I also use interdisciplinary approaches to history, combining historical linguistics, archaeology, anthropology, geography, etc. to better understand the past.