University in Ames, Iowa. I earned my BA in Anthropology from Michigan State University in 2001. From MSU I moved to Mexico where I studied Spanish and taught English for nearly two years. From Mexico I moved to Japan in 2003 and taught English as an Assistant Language Teacher while studying Japanese. After earning my MA in applied linguistics from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, I began working as a lecturer of English from 2009-2013 at Kanda University of International Studies(KUIS) in Japan.
My primary research interests in applied linguistics are second language acquisition (SLA), cognitive linguistics, usage-based theories of language acquisition, such as constructionist accounts of language acquisition, psycholinguistics, and corpus linguistics. I am particularly interested in weaving these areas together by investigating corpus-based approaches to second language learning grounded in cognitive-functional linguistic theory. In addition, I am interested in the history of applied linguistics as a discipline and the focus of different PhD programs in applied linguistics in North America.