Jennifer Cole, Ph.D.
Jennifer joined the faculty in Linguistics at Northwestern University in August 2016. Prior to that, she was Professor of Linguistics, Computer Science, and Cognitive Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she also held the position of Co-Chair of the Biological Intelligence Research Theme at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. She received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from M.I.T., and her M.A. and B.A. in Linguistics at the University of Michigan. Visit Jennifer’s personal webpage for her CV and downloadable publications.


Timo Roettger, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral researcher (2018-present)
Timo came to the ProSD Lab from the Institut für Linguistik – Phonetik at the University of Cologne, where he did his Ph.D. and then worked as a Research Associate. Timo’s research interests center around the question of how dynamic, multi-dimensional aspects of speech can be related to discrete behavioral and cognitive categories. He attempts to answer this question by investigating how communicative intentions are prosodically encoded during speech production, how and when communicative functions encoded through prosody are retrieved during speech perception and processing, and how language users learn and generalize prosodic form-function mappings.

Daniel Turner
Graduate student 
Dan joined Northwestern University’s Linguistics Ph.D program in September 2017. Previously, he conducted research in linguistics, primarily syntax and cognitive linguistics, at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where he also taught courses in linguistics, writing, and journalism. His current research interests include the prosody-syntax interface, psycholinguistics, and information structure.

Allison Hilger, MS, CCC-SLP
Graduate student
Allison is a PhD Candidate in Communication Sciences and Disorders working in Dr. Chuck Larson’s Speech Physiology Lab. She previously worked as a speech-language pathologist in Chicago, IL. Allison is currently collaborating with Jennifer on her dissertation to study the production of phrasal prominence in prosodic disorders such as Ataxic Dysarthria. Her other research interests include speech production mechanisms for intelligibility and naturalness.

Alaina Arthurs
Undergraduate student, Research Assistant (2016-present)
Alaina is pursuing a double major in Linguistics and Psychology. She joined the ProSD lab as a freshman, as the lab’s first Research Assistant.

June Choe
Undergraduate student, Research Assistant (2018-present)
June is a linguistics major interested in the role of pragmatic, prosodic, and social information in sentence processing.


Lab Alumni

Eleanor Chodroff, Ph.D.
Lecturer in Phonetics and Phonology, University of York
Postdoctoral researcher (2017-2019)

Suyeon Im
Ph.D., Linguistics, University of Illinois (2018)

Amelia Kimball
Ph.D., Linguistics, University of Illinois (2018)

Tim Mahrt
Ph.D., Linguistics, University of Illinois (2018)

Priya Kurian
Undergraduate student, Research Assistant (2018-2019)


Daniel Berry
Assistant Professor, Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota

Mark Hasegawa-Johnson
Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Illinois

José I. Hualde
Professor, Linguistics and Spanish  & Portuguese, University of Illinois

Tatiana Luchkina
Assistant Professor, English, Central Connecticut State University

Nancy McElwain
Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, UIUC

Uwe Reichel
Research Fellow, Research Institute for Linguistics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Caroline Smith
Professor, Linguistics, University of New Mexico

Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel
Principal Research Scientist, Research Laboratory of Electronics, M.I.T.