Curriculum Vitae

Megan L. Risdal

  • phonetics and phonology
  • laboratory phonology
  • sociophonetics
  • sound actuation and change
  • American English dialects
  • individual differences psychology
  • statistical analysis
  • human subjects research
Master of Arts, Linguistics. University of California, Los Angeles
2014—2015
GPA: 4.0
Master of Arts, English: Sociolinguistics. North Carolina State University
  • Capstone (Thesis) Project: An acoustic and articulatory study of coarticulatory vowel nasalization in two dialects of English advised by Dr. Jeff Mielke
2012—2014
GPA: 3.958
Summer Linguistic Institute (LSA). Ann Arbor, Michigan
2013
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
2008—2011
GPA: 3.39
In Progress

Erica J. Benson & Risdal, M. L. (Book Chapter). Variation in Language Regard: Sociolinguistic Receptivity and Acceptability of Linguistic Features. Language Regard: Methods, Variation, and Change. Evans, B.; Benson, E. J.; & Stanford, J.

2014

Risdal, M. L. & Kohn, M. (2014). Ethnolectal and generational differences in vowel trajectories: Evidence from African American English and the recession of the Southern Vowel System. Penn Working Papers in Linguistics, 20.2.

2016

Risdal, M. L., Aly, A., Chong, A., Keating, P., & Zymet, J. (2016). The relationship between sonority and glottal vibration. CUNY Phonology Forum: Conference on Sonority; New York, New York.

2015

Risdal, M. L., Aly, A., Chong, A., Keating, P., & Zymet, J. (2015). The relationship between sonority and glottal vibration. Phonetics Seminar Talk: UCLA Linguistics Department.

Risdal, M. L. (2015). Front lax vowel trajectories in two dialects of American English. Phonetics Seminar Talk: UCLA Linguistics Department.

Risdal, M. L. (2015). Southern French (De-)Nasal(ized) Vowels: [œm bɔm vɛm blɑŋ]. Phonofest: UCLA Linguistics Department.

Risdal, M. L. (2015). Phonology of nasal consonant deletion in African American English. Phonofest; UCLA Linguistics Department.

2014

Mielke, J., Carignan, C., Dodsworth, R., & Risdal, M. L. (2014). Articulation of /æ/ in English. Guest lecture for Dr. Bill Labov at the University of Pennsylvania linguistics department.

Risdal, M. L. & Benson, E. J. (2014). The individual as a source of variation in language attitudes. Linguistic Society of America LSA Annual Meeting; Minneapolis, Minnesota.

2013

Risdal, M. L. & Kohn, M. (2013). Ethnolectal and generational differences in vowel trajectories: Evidence from African American English and the recession of the Southern Vowel System. New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) 42; Pittsburgh, PA.

Benson, E. J. & Risdal, M. L. (2013). Assessing sociolinguistic receptivity among native speakers of American English. American Dialect Society-Midwest (ADS-M) 2013 regional conference; Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Risdal, M. L. & Kohn, M. (2013). I BET Your BAT is a BIT Different: Vowel Dynamics in Sociophonetic Analysis. SouthEastern Conference on Linguistics (SECOL) LXXX; Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Risdal, M. L. (2013). Attitudes toward Southern European American and African American Speech: A Regional Perspective. Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) National Conference; Washington, D.C.

2012

Benson, E. J. & Risdal, M. L. (2012). Sociolinguistic Receptivity and Acceptability of Linguistic Forms. New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) 41; Bloomington, Indiana.

Benson, E. J. & Risdal, M. L. (2012). Investigating Sociolinguistic Receptivity. Sociolinguistics Symposium 19; Berlin, Germany.

Risdal, M. L. & Benson, E. J. (2012). Investigating Sociolinguistic Receptivity: Some Initial Findings. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Linguistics Symposium Series; Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

2011

Risdal, M. L. (2011). I Know, Right! Functions and Pitch Contours of Right. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire English Fest; Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

2016

Risdal, M. L., Aly, A., Chong, A., Keating, P., & Zymet, J. (2016). The relationship between sonority and glottal vibration. LabPhon15; Ithaca, New York.

2013

Risdal, M. L. (2013). There's More than One Way to Raise a BAT: Comparing African American and European American Vowel Dynamics. North Carolina State University Graduate School Symposium; Raleigh, North Carolina.

2011

Risdal, M. L. & Benson, E. J. (2011). A Syntactic and Sociolinguistic Analysis of I'ma, the Reduced Form of I am going to. University of Wisconsin System Symposium; Parkside, Wisconsin.

Risdal, M. L. & Benson, E. J. (2011). A Syntactic and Sociolinguistic Analysis of I'ma, the Reduced Form of I am going to. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Student Research Day; Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Risdal, M. L., Weber, K., & Bleske-Rechek, A. (2011). Evaluating Attractive Alternatives: A Simultaneous Study of the Blinders Effect and the Contrast Effect. NorthEastern Evolutionary Psychology Society Conference; Binghamton, New York.

Fuerstenberg, E., Ryan, D., Miller, S., Harris, H., Risdal, M. L., Byrne, B., Camp, S., Ritchie, L., & Bleske-Rechek, A. (2011). College Students' Religious Beliefs, Knowledge of Evolution, and Science Literacy: Freshman-Senior Differences and Moderating Effects of Sex and Major. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Student Research Day; Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Miller, S., Fuerstenberg, E., Ryan, D., Risdal, M. L., Harris, H., Byrne, B., Camp, S., Ritchie, L., & Bleske-Rechek, A. (2011). Emerging Adults'Mating Desires and Plans for Work and Family. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Student Research Day; Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Content Marketing Intern (contract), Kaggle
2016—present
Data Analyst, Campos Inc
2015—present
Graduate research assistant, University of California, Los Angeles
2014—2015
Linguistics and phonology labs assistant, North Carolina State University
  • Drs. Walt Wolfram and Jeff Mielke respectively
2012—2014
Graduate teaching assistant, North Carolina State University Department of English
  • Laboratory Phonology & Computational Tools: Dr. Jeff Mielke
  • Language Variation in American English: Dr. Walt Wolfram
  • Introductory Linguistics: Dr. Agnes Bolonyai and Drs. Robin Dodsworth & Jeff Mielke
2012—2014
North Carolina Language and Life Project linguistics colloquium organizer, North Carolina State University
2012—2014
Teaching Assistant, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Department of Psychology
  • Psychology of Language: Dr. April Bleske-Rechek
  • Evolutionary Psychology: Dr. April Bleske-Rechek
2011
Natural Languages
  • English: native
  • French: speaking, reading, writing
Software & Computer Languages
  • Analysis & Visualization: R, Tableau, Praat software, MATLAB, SPSS
  • Office: LaTeX, Microsoft Office applications, spreadsheets (LibreOffice, Google Sheets)
  • Computer Languages: R, MATLAB, Praat scripting, HTML/CSS (Twitter Bootstrap), Python
  • Operating Systems: Linux, Windows, Mac OS X
Graduate Students Regents Fellowship, University of California, Los Angeles
2014—2015
tuition + $25,000/yr stipend
Linguistic Institute Student Fellowship Award, Linguistic Society of America
2013
$1,700
Conference Travel Award, North Carolina State University Graduate School
2013
$250
Departmental Conference Travel Award, North Carolina State University Department of English
2012
$250
Graduate Student Support Plan, North Carolina State University Department of English
2012—2014
tuition + $9,000/yr stipend
Outstanding Graduating Senior Award, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Department of Psychology
2011
3rd Place Poster in Arts and Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Student Research Day
2011
Faculty-Student Research Grant, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
2011
$1,250
Academic Distinction, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
2008—2011
Music Scholarship (oboe performance), Lawrence University
2006
$10,000/yr
PhD Admissions Open House Committee (student chair), University of California, Los Angeles Department of Linguistics
2014—2015
Colloquium Committee (member), University of California, Los Angeles Department of Linguistics
2014—2015
Student Volunteer, Linguistics Society of America Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, Minnesota
2013
Colloquium Organizer, North Carolina State University, North Carolina Language and Life Project
2012—2014
100 Women Who Care, Pittsburgh
North Carolina Language and Life Project, member
Linguistic Society of America, former student member
Omicron Delta Kappa honors society, member