Fields of Study
Linguistic Anthropology, Conversation Analysis, Deaf Studies
My research focuses on the organization of language and interaction in contexts with limited shared language. I primarily rely on ethnographic fieldwork combined with the microanalysis of video recordings of naturally occurring interactions. Over the last ten years, I have conducted fieldwork in Iquitos, Peru with deaf youth who have not had access to an established language. Along with my research activities, I worked with the Iquitos community to establish a deaf school that now provides these children with access to language. An ongoing research project investigates language socialization in the deaf school. While at UCLA, I will be spearheading a new study with deaf preschoolers in Southern California to examine the relationship between language delay and social interaction.