About Me

Hello! My name is Devin, and I am a master's student at University of Washington. I completed my undergraduate studies in linguistics and computer science at University of Wisconsin - Madison, and I am soon to receive my master’s degree in computational linguistics. Currently I work with Shane Steinert-Threlkeld at the CLMBR Lab on questions in cognitive science and semantics. I also work with the UW CIP with Kolina Koltai, focusing on vaccine/mask wearing narratives on social media.

In Fall 2021, I plan to begin my PhD in linguistics, focusing on propaganda and persuasion with emphasis on social/mass media contexts. I am interested in how language is used to form and reinforce ideologies, how interlocutors determine the veracity of statements in environments of varying information quality/quantity, and how speakers use language to persuade others to adopt their ideologies.

Outside of my work, I have a lot of interests. One of my long-time passions is learning languages. Right now, I’m highly focused on improving my Mandarin/Japanese, though in the past I have studied others. I am also hugely into music (jazz especially); you can often find me searching for new music and playing the drums. Two other things I really enjoy are cooking and backpacking whenever I get time to get outside.