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Ph.D. Program in Linguistics

Department of Linguistics, University of California, 2004-2007; 2010-2011; 2014-

(Interrupted while I pursued industry opportunities and other projects.)


Masters of Arts in Linguistics

Department of Linguistics, University of California, 2004-2006 (filed in 2008)

Thesis: Post Verbal Subjects and Verb Agreement in Brazilian Portuguese


Bachelor of Arts with 1st Class Honors in Linguistics

University of Queensland, Brisbane, 2003

Thesis: Differential Object Behavior


Bachelor of Arts (Double major in Linguistics, single major in Psychology)

University of Queensland, Brisbane, 2000-2002

Included one year of study abroad at the UCLA Linguistics Department (2002)




ABRALIN (Brazilian Linguistics Society) Summer Institute Federal University of Parana (UFPR), Curitiba, 2011


Linguistic Society of America Summer Institute

Harvard and MIT, Cambridge, 2005





For teaching experience, please refer to the teaching session of this site.



Language Architect ­ Consultant Infogain, Summer 2013 (Consulting on Oracle Knowledge (InQuira) Search and Analytics).


Language Engineer at InQuira, September 2008- December 2009. (Using syntactic and semantic analysis in the development of search software and knowledge management systems)


Director of the English for Portuguese Speakers and Portuguese for English Speakers Programs at Mango Languages, December 2007- December 2008.



Research assistant for the UCLA Language Materials Project, Summer 2007 (project website)


Research assistant for Philippe Schlenker on the project: "Formal Semantic and Pragmatic Approaches to Binding Theory" funded by the NSF Funded, Winter 2007 (project website)


Research Assistant/ Summer Scholar at the Australian National University Research School of Asia and Pacific Studies, Canberra 2003-2004 (Australian Summer)


Research Assistant for Pamela Munro through the UCLA Undergraduate Summer Research Program, 2002 (American Summer)






Visiting Scholar at the CUNY Graduate Center Linguistics Department, 2010-2011.



Contributor/ Language Expert for Brazilian Portuguese - Syntactic Structures of the World’s Languages (SSWL) project lead by Chris Collins at the NYC Linguistics department, 2010.


Member of the international cooperation network at Dialect Syntax for my current work on Brazilian Portuguese DPs, 2010.


President of the UCLA Graduate Student Association Humanities, 2007-2008.


Graduate Linguistics Circle representative to the UCLA Graduate Student Association Council, 2005-2008


UCLA Humanities Council Representative to the GSRC Programming Committee, 2006-2007


UCLA Humanities Council Representative to the GSA Election Board, 2005-2006


Member of the UCLA Linguistics Teaching Evaluation Committee, 2004-2005


Member of the Organizing Committee for SALT 15, 2005


Vice-President of the University of Queensland Romance Languages Club, Brisbane, 2003


Co-founder and Committee Member of the University of Queensland Dance Club, Brisbane, 2003-2004



•Miguel Velez Fellowship, Spring 2006

•Departmental fellowship to attend the Linguistics Society of America Summer Institute, 2005

•Funding for 5 year PhD Program (Combination of Fellowship and TAship), UCLA Linguistics Department, 2004

•University Medal, University of Queensland, 2004 (top 1 % of students nominated)

•Australian National University Summer Research Scholarship, 2003-2004

•Bursary for Study Abroad (best of 120 applicants), University of Queensland Study Abroad Program, 2002

•Phi Sigma Theta National Honor Society Membership, UCLA, 2002

•Four UQ Faculty of Arts Commendations for High Achievement (Dean's List), 2000-2002

•Three Commendations for High Achievement, UQ School of Psychology, 2000-2001

•Golden Key International Honor Society Membership, 2001



    •    Linguistic Society of America

    •    Australian Linguistic Society

    •    Associação Brasileira de Linguística (ABRALIN)

    •    Modern Languages Association

    •    American Organization of Portuguese Teachers