Farrell Ackermann obtained his PhD in linguistics at UC Berkeley, after spending several years in Hungary. He is professor of linguistics at UCSD, and works on Hungarian and German grammatical theory in a lexicalist framework. Cross-linguistic and typological matters especially within the Uralic family are central to his approach.
His two recent books are Webelhuth, Gert and Farrell Ackerman. (1998). A Theory of Predicates. Farrell Ackerman and John Moore (2001): Proto-properties and Grammatical Encoding: A Correspondence Theory of Argument Selection. Both Stanford: CSLI Publications.
Home page: http://ling.ucsd.edu/~ackerman/