I'm an anthropological linguistics professor at the University of Miami. Much of my research is concerned with understanding the effects of
language on nonlinguistic cognition. (In other words, it addresses the following question: "How does the language you speak impact how you
think?") I've been exploring such effects primarily through research among Amazonian populations, and have a new book out on the topic.
In addition, my recent research investigates the ways in which geography and climate impact human sound systems.
Some of this work has been summarized by National Geographic, Slate, The New York Times, Scientific American, The Atlantic and others.
I teach a variety of courses at UM on topics such as linguistic anthropology, linguistic typology, phonetics, and the evolution of language. My
students are great, and some are helping in current research projects.
PhD, Master's, Rice University
BA, University of Pittsburgh (Phi Beta Kappa, Summa cum laude)
Financial advisor training at Morgan Stanley (Series 7, 66...)