Salutations! My name is Brandon, but my friends and colleagues call me Bran. I'm a third-year PhD candidate in linguistics at Stanford University, broadly interested in sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics. I have worked on a variety of topics, including the construction of identity in popular music, child language acquisition, and heritage language attitudes. Currently, my research program focuses on the ways gender is encoded (or not encoded, as the case may be) into referring expressions.
I graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a Masters of Arts with First Class Honours in Linguistics in 2020. During my time there, I served as the First Year Representative, Social Secretary, and President of the student Linguistics Society. I also helped found the Journal of the Undergraduate Linguistics Association of Britain (JoULAB), and served as its inaugural Head of the Board of Reviewers. I now review for the Journal on papers related to my areas of research, as well as serve on the Journal's Advisory Board.
I'm a member of Stanford's ALPS lab, as well as a member of the Interactional Sociophonetics Lab at Stanford.
When I'm not linguistic-ing, I can usually be found playing videogames, reading, or just spending time with my friends. If you play Overwatch, you might be interested in my random Overwatch team comp generator!