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 positions at Harvard University, the University of Huddersfield, and the University of Toronto, I am now at Utrecht University. Here, I continue my research on hidden structure in phonological grammars and how general-purpose learning mechanisms interact with it, while teaching on courses on computational and theoretical linguistics as well as psycholinguistics.
In my free time, I like to admire good architecture and painting (especially from the mid 20th century), enjoy some opera, play the piano, or take the train to new and exciting places.