Aside from linguistics and academia, I enjoy spending my time with my friends and partner. I love trying new food, watching movies (especially science fiction and horror), and until recently I was a member of the UCLA Georgian Choir. I spend my free time reading scientific non-fiction because I can't pull myself away from constant learning. My current interests are dynamical systems, chaos, and fractal geometry. Undying interests include evolutionary theory and the physics of big and small things.

After leaving academia, I've found a new intellectual home with a market research and strategy firm called Campos Inc located in downtown Pittsburgh. This has been a great opportunity for me to expand my skillset and work with some more "real world" data, so-to-speak. I find it very exciting! My hope is that more and more I'll be able to incorporate linguistics into what we do, whether it be text analysis or determing the best name for a brand.

My favorite genres of music are progressive rock and metal. I have a consuming fondness especially for Porcupine Tree and Steven Wilson, but also Opeth, Between the Buried and Me, and some other things. I take my research very seriously, but outside of that I approach life with levity and appreciate good humor and good-humored people. I am from Minnesota but I lived in Wisconsin for six years before spending two years in Raleigh, North Carolina and one year in sunny Los Angeles, California. Oh, and I lived for seven months in the south of France! My next adventure has taken me to Pittsburgh, PA where I expect to stay put.

UCLA Georgian Choir performance (2015)
The UCLA Georgian Choir led by Vrinda Chadambaram during our spring concert at the Fowler Museum. Photo credit Alex Grabarchuk.
Megan Risdal speaking with Professor Erik Thomas (NCSU).
Me speaking with Professor Erik Thomas (NCSU). Photo credit May F. Chung.