I grew up in a small town in Kansas, moved away to Arkansas for college, lived in Japan, Seattle, and Poland teaching English, and then moved to Hawai’i for graduate school. I have now finished my Doctoral education, and am hoping to find an academic position in Linguistics. Research and teaching are absolutely my favorite things to do, and I’m looking forward to doing them for a living. Aside from those interests, I’m also a lover of reading, singing, hiking, and outrigger paddling, and I’m a crazy animal lover. Right now, I live with my wonderful husband Todd and my dog and two cats in Los Angeles.