Alicia was interested in language and science from a very early age. She graduated magna cum laude from Washington University in St Louis, where she found a way to combine these interests through Linguistics and Data Science. While she was there, she finished a second major in Spanish and a minor in Music, both of which still influence her research. After spending a year in a dream job at a used bookstore in Dallas, she moved to New York City to pursue a PhD in Linguistics at NYU. She continues to implement ideas from music theory and computer science into her linguistic work to ask questions about human cognition. When not actively researching, she focuses a lot of her working time on producing clear and accessible writing, be it for coursework, independent research, or grant applications.
Alicia’s excitement about mentorship and teaching grew in college, where she ran writing workshops for a slam poetry team, trained research assistants in data collection, and taught technology workshops to students and faculty. More recently, she has been a Teaching Assistant for two large undergraduate classes: one was an introduction to linguistics, and the other a more technical course on speech production and acoustic analysis. She always looks forward to her office hours for the chance to work one-on-one with her students, because she loves connecting course material to students’ personal interests.
In her free time, Alicia can be found practicing creative writing, including poetry and creative non-fiction. She believes working in these writing styles make her scientific writing better and more accessible, but they’re also fun! She also loves to play guitar, bake, cook, and go on long walks through the many large parks of NYC, and is usually listening to an audiobook.