Curriculum Vitae


British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Language Evolution, University of Edinburgh, UK: January 2016 – Present

Postdoctoral Researcher, Social Dynamics Lab, Institute for Scientific Interchange, Turin, Italy: January 2015-December 2015

Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute for Complex Systems (ISC-CNR), Università La Sapienza, Rome, Italy: January 2013-December 2014

Course Lecturer, Open Studies, University of Edinburgh, UK: January 2010-December 2012

Tutor, Pre-Honours Linguistics, University of Edinburgh, UK: September 2008-December 2012.

PhD Representative, Linguistics and English Language, University of Edinburgh: September 2008 – September 2010


PhD, Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Edinburgh, UK, January 2013

MSc, Evolution of Language and Cognition, University of Edinburgh, UK: December 2008

BA, Psychology, American University, Washington, D.C.: May 2005

Publications & Presentations

Press & Public Engagement


British Journal of Psychology, Cognitive Science (Journal), CogSci (Conference), EvoLang, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, PLOS One

Conferences, Workshops & Summer Schools

CreativEvolang (satellite workshop of EvoLang XI, March 21, 2016; Organiser)

EvoLang XI (to be held in New Orleans, March 21-24, 2016; Scientific Committee member)

On The Emergence of Consensus & Misunderstanding (Rome, Italy, February 24-25, 2014; Organised & Attended)

International Summer School on Agent-based models of Creativity (Cortona, Italy, September 16-20, 2013; Attended)

Opening for University of Aarhus Cognition and Behaviour Lab (University of Aarhus, Denmark, August 23, 2013; Speaker)

Workshop on Modelling Emergent Norms (University of Aarhus, Denmark, March 8, 2013; Speaker)

EvoLang8 (Evolution of Language Conference; Utrecht, Netherlands, April 14-17, 2010; Presenter)

Workshop on Cross-modal associations and language (Max Planck Institute for Pscyholinguistics, Nijmegen, Netherlands,  July 9, 2009; Speaker)

European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association Conference (University of St. Andrews, UK, April 8-10 2009; Poster presenter)


Programming & Web:  Python (incl. Flask web framework) ,R, Processing/Java, JavaScript (incl Bootstrap/CSS, jQuery d3js). Familiar with SPSS, LaTeX, Praat, Elan, R Studio.


2010 Hurford Prize for Best Student Talk at EvoLang8.

2016 University of Edinburgh Teaching Award nominee.