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.

Eleanor Chodroff, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral researcher (2017-present)
Eleanor did her Ph.D. in Cognitive Science at Johns Hopkins University. Her research interests are in phonetics, the phonetics-phonology interface, and perceptual adaptation. In particular, she is interested in talker variability and systematicity in the realization of prosodic units and speech segments. Eleanor’s current research investigates acoustic-phonetic variation among the basic intonational categories, or nuclear tunes of American English. She is also examining the status of prenuclear pitch accents and its relationship to information structure.

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.

Maria Gavino
Graduate student
Maria Gavino is a graduate student in the Linguistics department at Northwestern University. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin (2017), where she conducted research in phonetics. Her research interests are in phonetics, phonology, and bilingualism.

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.

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

Priya Kurian
Undergraduate student, Research Assistant (2018-present)
Priya is graduating with a degree in Linguistics in Spring 2018. She has an interest in general phonetics and cognitive approaches to understanding prosody comprehension.


Affiliated lab members

Suyeon Im
Ph.D. candidate, Linguistics, University of Illinois

Amelia Kimball
Ph.D. candidate, Linguistics, University of Illinois


Tim Mahrt
Ph.D. candidate, Linguistics, University of Illinois


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.