A Muscovite by birth, I grew up in the Netherlands, and obtained my B.A. and M.Phil. in Linguistics at Leiden University. After this, I was fortunate enough to join the PhD program in Linguistics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Here, I wrote a dissertation on new perspectives in hidden structure in phonology, in particular, in the realms of phonological features, derivational ordering, and lexical exceptions.
I am currently working at Utrecht University, after having held positions at Harvard University, the University of Huddersfield, and the University of Toronto. Here, I continue my research on (the learning of) opacity, exceptions, and other hidden structure problems in phonological systems, while teaching courses on computational and theoretical linguistics as well as psycholinguistics.
In my free time, I enjoy the arts, music, food, bike rides, and train travel (whenever advisable).