I am a Postdoctoral Scholar in the linguistics department at University of California, Berkeley working on the Corpus of Spoken Yiddish in Europe (CSYE), which is based on Holocaust testimonies.

I have a Ph.D. in linguistics from the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY). My research interests include sociolinguistics, phonetics, language variation and change, contact linguistics and bilingualism. 

My primary research centers on variation and change in contemporary Hasidic Yiddish spoken in New York, of which I am a native speaker. I also work on prewar European Yiddish dialects. My current project investigates regional variation in Central Yiddish vowels using data from the CSYE. 

This is an interactive website displaying some Hasidic Yiddish data (in progress).


The Graduate Center, CUNY   New York, NY
  • PhD: Linguistics (2021)
  • M.Phil: Linguistics (2019)

Teachers College, Columbia University   New York, NY

  •  MA: Applied Linguistics (2011)

SUNY Empire State College   Saratoga Springs, NY

  • BA: Cultural Studies/English Literature (2008)

SUNY Rockland Community College   Suffern, NY

  • AA: Liberal Arts and Humanities (2006)

Language is the armory of the human mind, and at once contains the trophies of its past and the weapons of its future conquests.

~Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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