Current Dual Ph.D. Central Eurasian Studies & Linguistics
Dual M.A. (August 2007), Central Eurasian Studies (specialization in Mongolian Studies) and Linguistics, Indiana University, Bloomington
Dual B.A. (May 2004), East Asian Languages and Cultures (Chinese Studies major) and Linguistics, Indiana University, Bloomington
Selected Awards and Honors:
- Pukyŏng National University, conference travel grant, January 2012
- Dankook University, conference travel grant, November 2011
- Linguistic Society of Korea & the Altaic Society of Korea, conference travel grant, October 2011
- FLAS, Pashto, Islamic Studies Program, IUB, 2010-2011
- Yale University, conference travel grant, October 2010
- Fulbright U.S. Student Fellowship, Mongolia, 2009
- FLAS, Chinese, EASC, IUB, 2007-2008
- ACMS U.S.-Mongolia Field Research Fellowship, 2006
- Social Sciences Research Council (SSRC) fellowship, Kazakh, IUB, 2005
- FLAS, Mongolian, IUB, 2004-2005
- FLAS, Kazakh, IUB, 2004
- Uehara Scholarship for Undergraduate Excellence in East Asian Studies, EALC, IUB, 2003
- Indiana University Faculty Award Scholarship for Undergraduates, 2001
- Primary source research languages: Literary Chinese, Middle Mongol and all forms of written Mongolic, Kitan, Manchu, Old Turkic, Old Tibetan.
- Secondary source research languages: English, Chinese, Mongolian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, French, German.
- Speaking: English (native); Mongolian (near native); Mandarin (advanced); limited proficiency in Korean, Japanese, Pashto, and Kazakh.
- Languages studied through fieldwork: Khamnigan (2006, 2009), Mongolian Jin Chinese (2009).
Central Eurasian and East Asian historical-comparative linguistics, philology, and ethnolinguistic history (Serbi-Mongolic, Sinitic, Tungusic, Turkic, Koreanic); diachronic and synchronic phonology; morphology; linguistic typology; language description and documentation; and language pedagogy (Chinese, Mongolian, English).
Dissertation title (tentative):
The Serbi-Mongolic Language Family: Old Chinese, Middle Chinese, Old Mandarin, and Old Tibetan Records on the Hsien-pei (Xianbei) Languages and their Relationship to Mongolic, with Notes on Chinese Phonology