Sarah Fagan

Sarah Fagan, Ph.D.

DEO, Linguistics

Sarah Fagan’s research and teaching interests include Germanic linguistics, theoretical linguistics, and the German language.

Marcin Dadan

Marcin Dadan, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor

Marcin Dadan is a syntactician with interest in comparative historical syntax, especially morpho-syntactic and semantic change and variation, but also generative typology, fieldwork, and language acquisition.

Becky Gonzalez

Becky Gonzalez, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Director, Multilingual Syntax Lab

Becky Gonzalez is a linguist specializing in multilingual language acquisition. She works in the area of syntax, with a focus on argument structure, and is especially interested in the factors (linguistic and non-linguistic) that influence linguistic outcomes in different types of multilinguals. Her research combines theoretical and experimental approaches and she works predominantly with speakers of Spanish, Portuguese, and English.

Emilie Destruel

Emilie Maurel-Destruel, Ph.D.

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Associate Professor

Emilie Maurel-Destruel's primary research explores the semantic and pragmatic underpinnings of sentence structure variation and how the principles that govern this variation are manifested in French, but also across languages. Emilie also has research interests in second language acquisition and bilingualism, studying the acquisition of pragmatic inferences and sentence structure variation in L2 learners and bilinguals.

Bob McMurrary

Bob McMurray, Ph.D.

Bob McMurray studies speech perception, word recognition, word learning and neuroscience in children, adults, and impaired populations using linguistic analysis, eye-tracking, neuroscience techniques and computational models.

Melissa Meisterheim official portrait

Melissa Meisterheim, Ph.D.

Director of English as a Second Language Programs
Associate Professor of Instruction

Melissa Meisterheim is the Director of English as a Second Language Programs as well as an Associate Professor of Instruction. Her interests include second language acquisition of vocabulary as well as curriculum design.

Christine Shea

Christine Shea, Ph.D.

Director of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor

Christine Shea is interested in how age, experience and the native language sound system interact with the perception and production of a second language. Adult second language learners approach their second language with a first language already in place. She investigates how experience with a previously acquired language affects the way learners perceive and produce a second (or third) language.