Hello! I am a sociolinguist with an interest in language variation and change. I currently work on several research endeavors including the Kansas Speaks Project and the Frank Porter Graham Project. Through my research I hope to create a better understanding of how children's accents change during the school years, and how cultural geographic factors interface with trajectories of language change. The broad goal of this type of research is to provide insight into the intersection of language and society in order to understand how and why language changes over time. A more immediate goal for such research is to increase understanding of language diversity, which will hopefully assist educators, speech pathologists, and test designers in creating equitable learning environments, interventions, and assessment tools.