Occupation: Communications analyst
Education: PhD, Sociolinguistics,
Currently lives in New York City
As both a linguist and a practicing data analyst, my expertise lies in evaluating the effectiveness of communications efforts and guiding messaging strategy.
My first full-time job after college was as a bilingual victim-witness advocate in Boston. For a year I listened to and translated peoples' experiences of crimes, during which time I was made aware of the intricacies of language. I gained a heightened awareness of the seemingly endless possibilities for miscommunications as well as an appreciation for the influence of communicative goals on the shape of a story. Who is conveying the "facts" and how they acquired this knowledge is paramount, as are the assumptions a hearer brings to the interpretation of the story.
While completing a Master's degree in sociolinguistics at Georgetown University, I conducted multiple ethnographies – many in collaboration with peers – in diverse populations, including a group of business school students, a class of immigrant ESL students, and a small community in Washington, DC. One ethnography – known as The Talking Business Project (headed by Anna Marie Trester) – involved a team of researchers with various backgrounds. During my involvement as senior researcher, I collected data in the form of recordings and field notes, and was the ethnographer sent with the business students on their capstone trip to South Africa in 2011 as a participant-observer during the students' projects on leadership in developing markets.