Experience

2012-present
Assistant Professor of PhilosophyUniversity of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Courtesy Appointment.
2009-present
Assistant Professor of LinguisticsUniversity of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Tenure-track position in Semantics.
2008-2009 Visiting Assistant ProfessorUniversity of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
One-year position in Semantics.

Education

2008 PhDMassachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
Completed Five-Year Program in Semantics.
1999
AB-AMHarvard University, Cambridge, MA

Graduated joint four-year Bachelors-Masters program magna cum laude with highest honors in Linguistics, with related field Computer Science.

Papers

Submitted Using conjunctive normal form as semantic metalanguageLinguistics and Philosophy 
Joint work with Steven Abney.
2012 Focus on Conditional ConjunctionJournal of Semantics 
(Published online May 28, 2012)
2011

Contrastive Focus and Paycheck Pronouns,
Chicago Linguistic Society 47
2011 Split Intensionality: A New Scope Theory of De re and 
De dicto
Linguistics and Philosophy
2010 Possible Worlds and Wide-Scope Indefinites: A Reply to Bäuerle (1983)Linguistic Inquiry
2010 Situation EconomyNatural Language Semantics
2008 Situation EconomyWCCFL 27
2008 Only the Strong: Restricting Situation VariablesSALT 18
2007 Infinitival Complements and TenseSinn und Bedeutung 12
2007 Telescoping and Scope EconomyWCCFL 26
2006
Scalar Implicatures with Alternative Semantics SALT 16
2006
A Matter of TasteManuscript, MIT
2005
TextsettingPhonology Generals Paper, MIT

Conference Presentations

2013
CNF as Semantic Meta-LanguageLSA, Boston, MA. Joint work with Steven Abney.
2012
Coherence Relations and Donkey Anaphora1st International Pragmatics Conference of the Americas and 5th International Conference on Intercultural Pragmatics, Charlotte, NC
2011
Scopal Effects of Embedded Coherence RelationsGLOW 35, Potsdam University
2011
Contrastive Focus and Paycheck PronounsSALT 21, Rutgers University
2011
Contrastive Focus and Paycheck PronounsChicago Linguistic Society 47
University of Chicago
2011
Local Implicatures and the Structure of DiscourseAnnual Conference
of the German Linguistic Society (DGfS), Göttingen, Germany

2011
BALLGAME: A Corpus for Formal SemanticsInternational Workshop 
on Computational Semantics
, Oxford, UK

2011 If most quantifiers were in this if-clause, they couldn't escape
LSA, Pittsburgh, PA

2011 Donkey Anaphora is not NP EllipsisMichigan Linguistics Society, Flint, MI
2010 Focus on Conditional and Quantificational CoordinationLSA, Baltimore, MD
2009

Focus on Conditional and Quantificational Coordination
Texas Linguistics Society 12, UT Austin
2008 Situation EconomyWCCFL 27, UCLA
2008 Only the Strong: Restricting Situation VariablesSALT 18, UMass
2007 The World on TimeSouthern New England Workshop on Semantics, MIT
2007 Infinitival Complements and TenseSinn und Bedeutung 12, University of Oslo
2007 Telescoping and Scope EconomyWCCFL 26, UC Berkeley
2006
Scalar Implicatures with Alternative Semantics SALT 16, University of Tokyo

Invited Talks

Sep 2012
 
CNF as Semantic Meta-LanguageSemantics Reading Group
University of Texas, Austin, TX

Sep 2012
 
Focus Structure & Paycheck Pronouns; or, the linguist who titled his talk seriously was wiser than the one with titled it wittilyColloquium
University of Texas, Austin, TX

May 2012
 
Coherence Relations and Donkey AnaphoraWorkshop in Philosophy and Linguistics
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Nov 2011
 
A Simple Explanation of Every Pronoun EverColloquium
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Apr 2011 Comments on Charlow & Sharvit's "More on LFs of Attitude Reports", Workshop in Philosophy and Linguistics (WPL), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Oct 2009 Comments on Kehler's "Ellipsis and Anaphora in a QUD Model of Discourse", WPL, University of Michigan
Nov 2008
Split IntensionalityColloquium, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
Nov 2008
Comments on Eliza Block's "Is the Symmetry Problem Really a Problem?", WPL, University of Michigan
Oct 2008
Split IntensionalityColloquium, Michigan State University
Apr 2008
Situation EconomyColloquium, Concordia University, Montréal, QC
  Mar 2008
Situation EconomyTalk, University of Michigan

Dissertation

title
Good Intensions: Paving Two Roads to a Theory of the De re/De dicto Distinction
supervisors
Irene Heim (chair), Alan Bale, Kai von Fintel, Danny Fox, Sabine Iatridou
description
Discusses under- and over-generation problems for various theories of intensionality, before proposing a middle ground: the split intensionality system, which separates each intensional operator’s quantificational force from its intensional force.

Awards and Honors

2010 Rackham Summer Research Grant to develop a computational semantics corpus
2009 University of Michigan LSA ITC Level One grant to develop educational software
2008
Marshall M.Weinberg Fund for Graduate Seminars in Cognitive Science:
$20,000 to support co-teaching a class combining linguistics and philosophy
2003, '5, '6 Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching
2003
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship Honorable Mention
1999
Phi Beta Kappa
1995-1999 Harvard Scholarship for Academic Achievement

Classes Taught

2011 Introduction to LanguageUniversity of Michigan
250-student Introductory Linguistics class.
2010-2011 Introduction to Semantics and PragmaticsUniversity of Michigan
Graduate class
2008-2011 Aspects of MeaningUniversity of Michigan
Undergraduate Introduction to Semantics
2010 Computational Semantics: A Project-Based ApproachUniversity of Michigan
Co-taught with Eric Swanson
2009 Seminar: Discourse Constraints on AnaphoraUniversity of Michigan
Co-taught with Eric Swanson
2006 Graduate Introduction to SemanticsMIT, with Irene Heim
Teaching Assistant; led two special sessions on logic; led weekly section.
2005 Undergraduate Introduction to LinguisticsMIT, with Norvin Richards
Teaching Assistant; led weekly section.
2003-2006 Freshman Seminar in Computational LinguisticsHarvard, with Stuart Shieber
Teaching Assistant all four years class was offered; led weekly section; wrote and corrected all 
problem sets; created software for students to write morphology, syntax, and semantics rules.

Other Selected Experience

2008 Reviewer, National Science Foundation
2008 ReviewerLinguistics and Philosophy, Springer Press
2008 ReviewerLanguage and Linguistics Compass, Blackwell Press
2009 Internal interviewer, Fulbright ProgramUniversity of Michigan
2009-2011 ReviewerNatural Language SemanticsSpringer
2009 ReviewerSinn und Bedeutung
2008 ReviewerJournal of Semantics, Oxford University Press
2007 Organizer, "Mereological Summer" Semantics Reading Group, MIT
2001-2008 Freelance Computer Programmer, Cambridge, MA
Worked for companies ranging from an online chat site to a non-profit providing electronics 
kits to high school students
2000-2001 Freelance Computer ProgrammerWordStream, Inc., Somerville, MA
Provided expertise to team of linguists at translation software company by authoring guides for 
writing grammar rules and solving toughest grammar problems; improved efficiency through 
redesign of grammar and morphology formalisms.