Curriculum Vitae Biosketch

  • Associate Professor, Anthropology Department
  • Research Associate, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Linguistics



  • , Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin. Project: A Study of Double Modals in Texas English

Honors & Awards

  • The Shoshoni Language Project received the William G. Demmert Cultural Freedom Award. National Indian Education Association, 11/2013
  • Best of Utah award to the The Shoshoni Language Project. Salt Lake City Weekly , 03/2013
  • An Introduction to Sociophonetics. Co-taught by Marianna Di Paolo and Malcah Yaeger-Dror at the 2011 LSA Summer Institute. University of Colorado-Boulder. 2011 Linguistic Society of America Summer Institute, 08/2010

In the Media

  • Radio appearance. State of the Re:Union episode. “Salt Lake City, UT: Updating Tradition.” Regarding Shoshoni Language Project. Airing in May 2014. 05/2014.
  • Appearance on Mountain TV in Park City. Topic: Shoshoni Language Project. December 11, 2013. 12/11/2013.
  • Various news stories subsequent to release of Enee! video game. 08/2013.


  • Italian, fluent.
  • Spanish, fluent.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Italy
  • Jordan. Supervised graduate students working on Arabic, mostly on varieties spoken in Jordan.
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Spain
  • Tonga
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Published on English dialects and worked on collaborative projects with UK colleagues.