Devin Johnson (張旭堯)

Linguist, ESL/EFL Instructor

devinjohnson2026@u.northwestern.edu | dj1121.github.io

Education

2021-Present Ph.D., Linguistics, Northwestern University
Research: Syntax, Psycholinguistics, Acquisition, East Asian Languages
Advisor: Masaya Yoshida

2019-2021 M.S., Computational Linguistics, University of Washington
Research: Semantics, Computation, Acquisition
Advisor: Shane Steinert-Threlkeld
Thesis: “Semantic Universals in Bayesian Learning of Quantifiers”

2020 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Brains Minds and Machines Summer Course

2015-2019 B.S., Linguistics and Computer Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
Graduation w/ Distinction
Russian Flagship Program, German House

Employment

Northwestern University

Instructor, Northwestern English Language Programs (ELP)
2021 - Present

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Researcher (Russian, Natural Language Processing), University of Wisconsin Law School 2017 - 2019

RWTH-Aachen

Research Intern (Natural Language Processing), RWTH-Aachen Cybernetics Lab 2018

Awards

2021 Northwestern Data Science Fellow

2018 Phi Beta Kappa

2017 WISCIENCE Summer Research Scholarship, UW-Madison

Research and Writing

Conference Proceedings

2021 Kolina Koltai, Iva Grohmann, Devin Johnson, and Ella Foley “MASK NARRATIVES PROMOTED BY ANTI-VACCINATION ACCOUNTS ON INSTAGRAM PRIOR TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC,” in Selected Papers in Internet Research 2021. Research from the Annual Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers., 2021, https://spir.aoir.org/ojs/index.php/spir/article/view/12195.

2020 Devin Johnson, Denise Mak, Drew Barker, and Lexi Loessberg-Zahl “Probing for Multilingual Numerical Understanding in Transformer-Based Language Models,” in Proceedings of the Third BlackboxNLP Workshop on Analyzing and Interpreting Neural Networks for NLP (EMNLP 2020), 2020, https://arxiv.org/abs/2010.06666.

Journals

Others

2021 Devin Johnson “Semantic Universals in Bayesian Learning of Quantifiers,” in University of Washington ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 2021, 2021, https://www.proquest.com/openview/35081570810e0eee8eb253c0bff26967/1?pq-origsite=gscholar&cbl=18750&diss=y.

Talks

Courses Taught

Northwestern University

Instructor

LING 480: American Academic Culture for Non-Native speakers of English (Summer ’22)

Teaching Assistant

LING 342: Structure of Various Languages - Japanese (Fall ’22)
TGS 509: Foundations of American English and Academic Culture (Summer ’22)

University of Washington

Teaching Assistant

LING 570: Shallow Processing Techniques For Natural Language Processing (Fall ’20)
CLMS Placement Test (Grading)

Other

Private ESL/EFL tutoring for undergraduate-graduate level English

Skills

Languages

Main

English
Mandarin Chinese
Japanese

Side

Italian
Russian
German

Certifications

2022 Teaching English as a Foreign Language, International TEFL Academy
Training Qualifications UK (TQUK), Level 5 (RQF)
120 course hours
20 hours of in-person practicum