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Places I've Lived

Outline map of Blacksburg, Virginia
1968-1971 (ages 0-3)

My dad was in grad school at Virginia Tech at the time I was born.

Virginia is my ancestral homeplace: most of the branches of my family have been in the Shenandoah Valley for many generations. My ancestors were the German Anabaptists who fled persecution and settled in the Shenandoah Valley in the 1700s.
Outline map of Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota
1971-1976 (ages 3-7)

I went to Lester Park Elementary School up to the second grade.
Outline map of Wisconsin Rhinelander, Wisconsin
1976-1980 (ages 7-12)

I went to Crescent Elementary School (grade 3) and Newbold Elementary School (grades 4-6).
Outline map of West Virginia West Virginia
1980-1991 (ages 12-23)

I was here for junior high, high school, my undergrad degree, and my first master's.
Outline map of Japan Kumamoto, Japan
1991-1992 (ages 23-24)

I taught English and German at a private language school.
Outline map of Delaware Newark, Delaware
1992-1994 (ages 24-26)

Did another master's, this time at the University of Delaware.
Outline map of Pennsylvania Philadelphia area, Pennsylvania
1994-2006 (ages 26-37)

Did my Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. Then I taught for several years as a professor in the Linguistics Department at Swarthmore College.
Outline map of Italy Bozen (Bolzano), Italy
2006-2007 (ages 37-38)

I worked at a research institution developing an electronic corpus of German as it is used in the South Tyrol (Alto Adige) region of Italy.
Outline map of Massachusetts Boston area, Massachusetts
2007- (ages 38-)

I took a job in the voice recognition industry.
Last updated 19 March 2012