About Me

My name is Sarah Phillips, and I recently earned a Master of Arts in Linguistics from California State University – Northridge (or “CSUN”). I will be starting a doctorate in linguistics at New York University in Fall 2017.

My primary research focus is bilingualism, where I currently investigate linguistic theory using bilingual data. My secondary interests include (morpho-)syntax and neurolinguistics.

“my wish for you is that you feel no need to constrict yourself to make other people comfortable”
-Ta-Nehisi Coats, Between the World and Me


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

California State University at Northridge (Northridge, CA)
2015 – 2017
M.A. in Linguistics 
Research Interests: Bilingualism, Syntax, Research Methodology
Thesis Committee: David J. Medeiros (Chair), Sharon Klein, Joseph Galasso

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

Recent Presentations/Guest Lectures

“Tsuyoi-er Together: Exploring the Potential of Prop 58”
April 29th, 2017
CSUN Associated Graduate Students of English Conference, Presentation

“Blasian: Projecting Identity through Language”
November 2nd, 2016
Guest Lecture

“Switching it Up: A Talk on Bilingualism & Codeswitching”
September 28th, 2016
Guest Lecture

Relevant Work Experience

Tutor (Linguistics/English)
2016 – 2017
California State University at Northridge, SMART Lab

Sales & Marketing Specialist (Small Title Opportunities and Research Methods)
2016 – 2017
Sales Representative (Eastern Canada Territory)
2014 – 2016
SAGE Publishing

Undergraduate Research Assistant
2008 – 2009
University of Georgia, ATLAS Project (LAGS)
Director: William Kretzschmar


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)