About Me


My name is Sarah Phillips,
and I am a first-year doctoral student in linguistics at New York University.

Linguistic theory and bilingualism (referring to the regular use of two or more languages) rest at the core of my academic pursuits. Contemporary psychological research has correlated a positive relationship between bilingualism and cognitive abilities/development, and my intent is to define what may cause these correlations through experimental methods. I am also interested in linguistic choice and creativity.


New York University (New York, NY)
2017 – 2022 (expected)
Ph.D. in Linguistics

California State University at Northridge (Northridge, CA)
2015 – 2017
M.A. in LinguisticsĀ 
Research Interests: Bilingualism, Syntax, Research Methodology
Thesis Committee: David J. Medeiros (Chair), Sharon Klein, Joseph Galasso
Thesis: “Re-visiting the DP hypothesis: An exploration through English-Korean codeswitching”

University of Georgia (Athens, GA)
2007 – 2011
B.A. in Linguistics
Focus: Second Language Acquisition
B.A. in International Affairs
Focus: International Relations Theory, Security


Linguistic Society of America
2016 – Present
*Member of Public Relations Committee (2017 – Present)
*Member of Committee on Ethnic Diversity in Linguistics (2017 – Present)

California State University at Northridge Linguistics Student Organization
2015 – 2017
*Leadership Councilmember (2016 – 2017)