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Career Highlights: Recent PhD Recipients


Jonathan Rawski (Ph.D. 2021)

JonJonathan Rawski has accepted a tenure-track position at San Jose State University in California beginning in Fall 2021. Dr. Rawski's research studies the problem of language learning from a computational and mathematical perspective to show how mathematical structures underlying natural language can significantly simplify the problem of how humans come to learn languages. In addition to teaching theoretical and computational linguistics, Dr. Rawski will develop an MA program in Computational Linguistics at SJSU.

Alëna Aksënova (Ph.D. 2020)

AlenaAlëna Aksënova joined Google’s speech recognition team after completing her Ph.D. at Stony Brook in Spring 2020. Dr. Aksënova’s research at Stony Brook focused on the subregular complexity of phonology and morphology, drawing from her extensive field work experience. She also created the Python tool SigmaPie for working with subregular string languages. She has continued her research at Google with an algorithmic exploration of American English dialects.

Hyunah Baek (Ph.D. 2020)

HyunahHyunah Baek started a postdoctoral researcher position in the Language, Cognition, and Brain Lab at Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Korea, following the completion of her Ph.D. at Stony Brook in Fall 2020. Dr. Baek's research areas span phonology and phonetics, language acquisition, and cognitive linguistics, paying particular attention to issues of syntax-phonology interface and second language acquisition.

Aniello De Santo (Ph.D. 2020)

AnielloAniello De Santo started a tenure-track position in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Utah, after finishing his Ph.D. at Stony Brook in Spring 2020. Dr. De Santo’s research operates at the intersection of computation, theoretical linguistics, and psycholinguistics, using insights from formal language theory and parsing to attain a better understanding of how language is processed in the brain.

Hossep Dolatian (Ph.D. 2020)

HossepHossep Dolatian is currently working as a technical editor for ServiceNow in the Bay Area. Dr. Dolatian's research focuses on computational modeling of phonology and morphology, with a special emphasis on Armenian. He has continued to be active in academia and holds a visiting appointment at Stony Brook University.

So Young Lee (Ph.D. 2020)

SoyoungSo Young Lee started a position as tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Affiliate of the Department of Computer Science at Miami University, Ohio, following the completion of her Ph.D. at Stony Brook in Spring 2020. Dr. Lee’s research areas span across disciplines, including Computational Linguistics, Neurolinguistics, and Cognitive Psychology, paying particular attention to problems in Syntax and Semantics as well as their interface with prosody. Dr. Lee will develop an MA program in Computational Linguistics at Miami University.

Chikako Takahashi (Ph.D. 2020)

ChikakoChikako Takahashi is starting a position as a full time Lecturer in Japanese Language at Columbia University in Fall 2021. Chikako has teaching and research experience in a broad range of areas in Second language acquisition and she is looking forward to bringing insights and ideas from all of these areas to the task of teaching Japanese. She also plans to publish parts of her dissertation on how the sound systems of first and new languages interact and how representations of speech sounds in the brain change over the course of learning.

Honaida Ahyad (Ph.D. 2019)

HonaidahHonaida Ahyad started a position as a lecturer in Linguistics and Translation at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2019. She designs and delivers courses in Arabic language and translation, and she is a recent winner of a Provost’s Faculty Retreat grant for her project “What wicked students learning a new language need”. Her current research interests include Arabic as a second language, heritage Arabic, translation, and sociolinguistic challenges in translation.

Hongchen Wu (Ph.D. 2019)

HongchenHongchen Wu has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position at Georgia Institute of Technology starting in fall 2021. Dr. Wu will be teaching Chinese and Chinese Linguistics in the School of Modern Languages, which offers a very diverse portfolio of languages from French to Wolof. Dr. Wu’s research has focused on quantifier scope phenomena in East Asian languages and associated issues of syntax and semantics.