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I am a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Rochester. I completed my PhD at the University of Southern California in 2017, writing a dissertation entitled Prosodic Recursion and Syntactic Cyclicity inside the Word. I am also a Learning Program Designer at OpenClassrooms, an EdTech company based in Paris whose mission is making higher education accessible to all.

I investigate parallels between morphological and phonological constituency, focusing on prosodic and vocalic alternations between related word-forms. My research sheds light on the interface of morphosyntax and phonology, and specifically on models where cyclic word-derivation influences phonological structure. My methodological focus involves fieldwork on understudied and endangered languages, which so far include Chukchansi Yokuts (Penutian: California) and SaySiyat (a.k.a Saisiyat; Austronesian: Taiwan), as well as on my heritage language, Western Armenian (Indo-European: Middle East). I also conduct phonetic documentation on these languages.

I am currently designing online curriculum at OpenClassrooms, with a focus on their Development paths, which lead to accredited diplomas in areas such as Python and Java development and software architecture. Previously, I have taught brick-and-mortar classes in linguistics at the University of Rochester (UR) and in academic writing and English as a Second Language at the University of Southern California (USC). I have supervised students in the Phonetics Lab at UR and have led the Phonetics & Phonology Reading Group at UR, as well. In addition, I have tutored undergraduate and graduate students in various language-related subjects for over a decade. Outside of linguistics, my interests include traveling, constructing languages, doing crosswords, playing the trumpet, trying out new cuisines in restaurants and in my kitchen, and spending time with my family.