I grew up in the Five College Area of Western Massachusetts and later went on to attend the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. There I received my B.A. in Linguistics and participated in research on the phonetics of Uzbek, the syntax of the under-documented Bhutanese language Tshangla, and was a member of the team that set up the electroencephalography lab.
After graduating, I moved to Washington DC to work as a research assistant and lab manager at the University of Maryland, College Park. My work focussed on sentence processing, specifically using eye-tracking and EEG technology to gain insights into how humans comprehend incoming sentences. After a sudden motherboard failure, I successfully built a new primary computer for the EEG lab using parts from other machines in the lab.
Upon deciding to leave academia, I relocated to New York City. I was a Digital Producer at a boutique mobile development firm with international offices in Melbourne and Berlin. I learned to balance challenging time zones, high profile clients, and complicated projects. While in New York, some of the projects I produced included a web game for Nickelodeon, a mobile app for the Baseball Hall of Fame, a re-imagining of Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s research presentation, and a market research paper for Millward Brown, part of the Kaplan Group on Madison Ave.
I am currently based in western Massachusetts, though I make frequent trips both Boston and New York. I take my freelance work with me wherever I go, and never let travel affect my ability to meet a deadline.