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.
After a year at Harvard University, and a year with Linguistics and Modern Languages at the University of Huddersfield, I am now a visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. Here, I continue my research on how general-purpose learning mechanisms interact with hidden structure in grammars (recent paper), while teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses on computational and theoretical phonology as well as historical linguistics, and supervising PhD students.
In my free time, I like to admire good architecture and painting (especially from the mid 20th century), enjoy some opera, read up on vintage recipes, and take the train to new and exciting places. I also enjoy playing the piano and singing when I can.