Education and Post-Doctoral Research

  • B.A. (McGill, 1996)
  • M.A. (McGill, 2001)
  • Ph. D. (McGill, 2006)
  • Post-doctoral Research (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006-2008)

Fields of specialization

  • Semantics, Logic, Morphology, Syntax

Positions Held

  • 2015 (Summer) to present – Associate Professor at Concordia University (Tenure Track).
  • 2012 (Summer) to 2015 – Assistant Professor at Concordia University (Tenure Track).
  • 2011 (Summer) to 2012 – Faculty Lecturer at McGill University.
  • 2010 (Summer) to present – Research Associate at Concordia University.
  • 2011 (Winter) Lecturer at Université de Montréal.
  • 2011 (Spring) Visiting Scholar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • 2008 (Winter) to 2010 (Spring) – Assistant Professor at Concordia University, Department of Classics, Modern Languages and Linguistics (Limited Term).
  • 2010 (Fall/Winter) – Syntax and Semantics Consultant on NSF grant “Mental Abacus Education and Spatial Representation of Number.”
  • 2008 (Fall) – Lecturer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Linguistics and Philosophy.

Awards, Fellowships and Grants

Principle Investigator (PI)

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Grant. “Pragmatics and Language Revitalization: Using evidentiality in Mi’gmaq to explore the interface between grammar and general reasoning” . 2016-2021 ($225, 438). Co-applicants: Jessica Coon, McGill University and Elizabeth Allyn Smith, UQAM.
  • Fonds de recherche du Québec, Société et Culture (FRQSC), Établissement de Nouveaux Professeurs-Chercheurs, “L’accord sémantique en micmac: les conséquences pour la théorie linguistique et la révitalisation des langues” #2014-NP-173765. 2013–2016 ($39, 481).
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Standard Research Grant. “Language, Number and Mathematics” #410-2011-2401. 2011–2014 ($86, 258). Co-applicant: Charles Reiss, Concordia University.
  • Digging into Data Challenge sponsored by National Science Foundation (NSF) and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). "Cleaning, Organizing, and Uniting Linguistic Databases (the COULD project)" 2014–2016 (SSHRC $126,537 CAD, NSF $124,999 USD). Co-PI : Maria Polinsky, Harvard University. Co-applicant: Jessica Coon, McGill University.
  • Winner of the Curriculum Innovation Fund at Concordia University, “Learning Linguistics through Science Education Outreach.” 2014 ($7812) Co-applicants: Charles Reiss and Dana Isac, Concordia University.

Co-applicant

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Partnership Development Grant. "Developing mobile learning applications for the Mi’gmaq language: New opportunities for language research and revitalization" #890-2012-0091. Role: Co-applicant – Principal Investigator: Jessica Coon. 2013 – 2016 ($200, 000).
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Connection Grant. "A community-linguistics collaboration for revitalizing Mi’gmaq in Listuguj" #611-2012-0001. Role: Co-applicant – Principal Investigator: Jessica Coon. 2012 – 2013 ($51, 160).
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Standard Research Grant. “Language and Context” #410-2010-1254. Role: Co-applicant – Principal Investigator: Brendan Gillon. 2010 – 2013 ($72, 873).

Fellowships, Bursaries and awards

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Post-Doctoral Fellowship. 2006 – 2008 ($81,000).
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship. 2001 – 2006 ($80,000).
  • Graduate Student Teaching Award at McGill University. 2004 ($500).
  • Fonds pour la Formation de Chercheurs et l’Aide a la Recherche (FCAR) Masters Bursary. 2001 ($5,000).
  • Faculty of Graduate Studies Research Fellowship (FGSR), Masters Bursary. 2000 ($5,000).
  • Centre for Research in Mind, Language, and Brain (CRMLB) Travel Grant. 2004 ($800).

Student Supervision

  • Master’s Thesis Supervisor. Maica Machnik. (Concordia), 2013-present.
  • Master’s Thesis Committee member. Gabriel Gaudreault, (Concordia), 2013-present.
  • Member of Ph.D. Evaluation Committee, Michael Hamilton, (McGill), 2012-2013.
  • Member of Ph.D. Thesis Defense Committee, David-Etienne Bouchard, (McGill), 2012.
  • Member of Ph.D. Thesis Committee, Ezra Keshet, (MIT), 2008.
  • Member of Master’s Thesis Committee, Marc Simpson, (Concordia University), 2010.
  • Honour’s Thesis co-supervisor (with Dana Isac), Sabina Matyiku (Concordia University), 2009.
  • Honour’s Thesis supervisor, Laura Conroy (Concordia University), 2009.
  • Honour’s Thesis supervisor, Andrij Radio (Concordia University), 2010.