I'm a Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Linguistics at University of Colorado Boulder, interested in social meaning and the construction of styles. I'm especially interested in how these topics illuminate performative agency among trans* and queer individuals.
My research explores how linguistic and visual semiotic variables coagulate into meaningful styles. How does visual material enhance or constrain the indexical potential of a linguistic variable, and how do these modalities conspire to create meaningful constructions? My current work focuses on gender performances among a group of drag queens in SoMa, San Francisco, a queer performance art community characterized by its anti-normativity. The fluid visual expressions of this community allow for an interesting exploration of interactions between the linguistic and the visual in meaning-making.
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