Crow is being developed by researchers at Purdue University, the University of Arizona, and Michigan State University.


Shelley Staples is Associate Professor of English Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition and Teaching at University of Arizona. Her research focuses on corpus analyses of speech and writing, particularly for applications to student writing. Her work has recently been published in journals such as Journal of English for Academic Purposes, Written Communication, TESOL Quarterly, and Applied Linguistics.

Bradley Dilger (@cbdilger) is Associate Professor of English at Purdue University, where he directs the first-year writing program, Introductory Composition at Purdue. His research on writing programs, networks, and transfer has been published in Computers & Composition, CCC, Writing Program Administration, and multipleedited collections. With Jeff Rice, he edited From A to <A>: Keywords of Markup, winner of the 2011 Computers & Composition book award. Bradley is a year-round bike commuter, husband of Erin, and dad to Madelyn and Amelia.

Bill Hart-Davidson (@billhd) is Professor of Rhetoric and Writing at Michigan State University and Associate Dean of Research & Graduate Education in the College of Arts & Letters. He is a Senior Researcher in the Writing, Information, and Digital Experience (WIDE) Research Center. Bill’s research interests lie at the intersection of technical communication and user experience. Bill is a co-founder of Drawbridge Inc., a learning technology company spinoff of Michigan State University, and developer of the software service Eli Review, a peer learning platform in use around the world and across the U.S. in both higher education and K-12 schools.


Mark Fullmer is a Principal Software Developer/Analyst at the University of Texas at Austin. He has previously taught composition & creative writing at the university and community college levels, as well as internationally as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines.


Hadi Banat is a Ph.D. candidate in the English Department, Second Language Studies/TESL program at Purdue University. He teaches First Year Writing and Professional Communication. His research interests are in writing assessment, cross-cultural composition, internationalization of writing curricula and programs, World Englishes, L2 writing, and WAC/WID. In Crow, he works in infrastructure development, grant funding, conference planning, and writing research.

Wendy Jie Gao is a Ph.D. student in Second Language Studies at Purdue University. She is now a Testing Office Assistant at the Oral English Proficiency Program. Her research interest includes language testing and assessment, and she hopes to know more about how corpora could help with research in second language writing. Besides happily working for her degree, Wendy loves to play the violin and spend time in a pool.

Hannah Gill is an undergraduate student at the University of Arizona studying PPEL (Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law) and English. This is her first semester on the Crow team and is excited to begin working and learning as much as she can. She hopes to teach English once she graduates. In her spare time, she loves to compete in triathlons and read as much as possible.

Emily Jones is an undergraduate student at Purdue University studying Professional Writing, with a minor in Creative Writing and History. She works as an editorial assistant for an engineering journal at Purdue Press, tutors in Purdue’s Writing Lab, and was an intern for the internationally acclaimed literary magazine Sycamore Review. As part of her work with Crow, she drafts blogs and social media posts, designs fliers and logos, and helps with information architecture and organization.

Ge Lan is a doctoral candidate in the program of second language studies/ESL at Purdue University. His research interests include corpus linguistics, natural language processing, and second language writing. Because of his passion for programming, he is responsible for back-end processing for Purdue data in Crow.

Dr. Michelle McMullin is a recent graduate of Purdue University who specializes in public rhetoric and professional and technical communication. Her research focuses on how attention to human, technical, and institutional infrastructures can help diverse groups of stakeholders respond to complex problems to build more resilient communities. She brings this work to Crow by working on grant funding, developing best practices, and researching the effectiveness of the team’s (digital and human) infrastructure. Michelle will soon move to North Carolina State University where she will be assistant professor of English.

Sarah Merryman is a senior at Purdue University majoring in professional writing and minoring in communications. Her work for Crow focuses on social media promotion, blog writing, and creating content strategies. She recently completed a beginners course in Python coding taught by fellow Crow member Ge Lan, a skill she hopes to use her in future Crow work. Outside of Crow, Sarah serves as a blog writer for the Purdue English Department, a tutor in the Purdue Writing Lab, and Assistant Editor of the Joint Transportation Program at the Purdue University Press.

Jhonatan Henao Muñoz is a Ph.D. student in Hispanic Linguistics, with minors in SLAT, and French Linguistics at the University of Arizona. His research interests are related to formal syntax, translation, and second language acquisition and teaching. Currently, he is learning about Corpus Linguistics, specifically corpus building focused on Second Language Learner Writings. Jhon works mostly with Spanish and French as L2. Outside the academia, he likes to work out, take pictures of flowers and nature, and eat. He is a food enthusiastic.

Aleksey Novikov is a Ph.D. student in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT) at the University of Arizona. His academic interests include corpus-informed pedagogy, L1 transfer, learner language development, curriculum design, and more generally, usage-based approaches to language learning and teaching. He works mostly with Russian but is also interested in L1 Mandarin Chinese and L2 English.

Emily Palese is a PhD student in the Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT) program at the University of Arizona. Her research centers around curriculum and materials development as well as teacher training for EAL (English as an Additional Language) contexts. She currently teaches undergraduate EAL composition at the University of Arizona, and she has previously taught English in the Peace Corps (Philippines).

Adriana Picoral is a Ph.D. candidate in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching at University of Arizona. Her research draws from Computational Linguistics and Corpus Linguistics to investigate language use and acquisition of multilingual speakers. Her research also includes techniques in multilingual Natural Language Processing (NLP) and quantitative methods of linguistic analysis. She is the founder of R-Ladies Tucson, a local chapter of a worldwide organization whose mission is to promote Gender Diversity in the R community.

Ji-young Shin is a Ph.D. student in the Second Language Studies/ESL program in the English Department at Purdue University. Prior to joining Purdue, Ji-young was involved in various professional experiences in the field of English education in South Korea, working as a high school English teacher, textbook writer, national exam writer, and online national English writing curriculum developer. Based on her unique professional diversity, Ji-young researches issues in corpus linguistics, second language writing, and language testing/assessment.

Dr. Aleksandra Swatek is a recent graduate ofthe Second Language Studies program at Purdue University. Her dissertation utilizes corpus linguistics methodology to explore the interactivity and involvement features of teaching math online at Khan Academy. In Crow, she works on data collection, processing and research on reporting verb use by international first year writers.

Dr. Ashley Velázquez is a recent graduate of the Second Language Studies program at Purdue University. She is currently an American Association of University Women (AAUW) Dissertation Fellow for 2018-2019. Her research focuses on the use of both qualitative and quantitative methods to analyze how L1 and L2 writers engage in disciplinary-specific writing tasks in engineering. Next year, Ashley will be assistant professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at the University of Washington, Bothell.

Ali Yaylali is a doctoral student in Language, Reading, and Culture (LRC) program at the University of Arizona. He currently teaches a literacy and teaching methods course to undergraduate students. Before starting the program, he taught ESL and Turkish in Arizona. His current interests are discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, digital literacy, second language pedagogy, and intercultural competence. More specifically, he is interested in interactions occurring between English Language Learners and teachers of ELLs in public schools. How the digitally mediated environments could promote second language learning is also among the topics he is interested in exploring. In his free time, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his two daughters.

Advisory board

  • Beril T. Arik, Purdue University
  • Sherri Craig, West Chester University
  • Heejung Kwon, Kanazawa University
  • R. Scott Partridge, University of Delaware
  • Randi Reppen, Northern Arizona University
  • Tony Silva, Purdue University
  • Irwin Weiser, Purdue University


Lauren Brentnell is a doctoral student in the department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on trauma studies and the ways that we can study trauma at the intersections of cultural and digital rhetorics. Specifically, her research examines how trauma survivors use nonlinear, multimodal, and digital forms of composing during the recovery process. In addition to working with CROW, Lauren has also been a research assistant for Writing in Digital Environments (WIDE) at MSU and is currently a Digital Rhetoric Collaborative fellow.

Tony Bushner is a doctoral student in Rhetoric and Composition at Purdue. Their research interests are in user experience, game design, technical communication, and digital communities. They will work with the development team as Crow begins to design database structures to articulate the archive and web interface.

Olga Chumakova is a graduate student at the University of Arizona’s English Applied Linguistics program. She taught EFL in Russia and Mexico, and now she teaches first year compositioncourses to international students atthe U of A. Her research interests include language use, second language writing, and second/foreign language teacher and learner identities.

Curtis Green is an MA student in the Teaching English as a Second Language Program (TESL) at the University of Arizona. He has assisted teaching refugee and immigrant learners in the Borah BridgeProgram and Project Shine at Boise, ID in 2014-2015; then later taught first-year composition at the University of Arizona in 2016-2017. His current research interests are identity (re)construction and language learning/teaching, positioning, agency, membership, and power in classroom talk. Additionally, he is interested in pedagogical practices informed by corpus analysis.

Kati Juhlin is a senior at the University of Arizona studying linguistics and Judaic studies. She is looking forward to pursuing a Master’sdegree in TESOL after she graduates. She is currently preparing to teach English in Mexico for a gap year. In her spare time she likes to watch Doctor Who, drink coffee with friends, and feed the cats that show up at her door.

Samantha Kirby is a graduate student in the University of Arizona English Applied Linguistics program.After receiving her M.Ed in Teacher Education, she taught Englishliterature, composition, and linguistics at the high school level. She returned to her own schooling and is now teaching ESL academic writing at UA. Her research interests focus oncomputer-mediated communication, learning through video games, and discourse between players.

Nik Kirstein is an undergrad at the University of Arizona studying information science with a minor in Russian. Nik enjoys gaming and watching absurd amounts of movies in his spare time.

Yingliang Liuis an associate professor of English in the School of Foreign Languages at Wuhan University of Technology (Wuhan, Hubei Province, China). She is currently a visiting scholar in the Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT) program at the University of Arizona.Her research interests include second language writing, English for academic purposes, second language acquisition, and TESOL. During her free time, she enjoys hiking and experimenting with food recipes from different cultures.

Lindsey Macdonald is a Ph.D. student in Rhetoric and Composition at Purdue University. She teaches first-year composition and business writing and tutors at the Purdue Writing Lab. Her research interests include medical & health rhetorics and technical/professional communication. When she’s not doing academic things, she likes to play with her two cats, cook and eat a lot of food, and binge-watch too many TV shows.

Kelly Marshall is an undergraduate student and the University of Arizona pursuing a double major in English and Creative Writing. She spends the majority of her spare time reading, both academically and personally, and enjoys attending poetry readings when possible.

Blair Newton is an undergrad at Purdue University, where she studies professional writing and management. During her free-time, she loves to write, read, cook, and binge watch Netflix.

Samantha Pate graduated from Purdue with a major inProfessional Writing in December 2016. She plans to pursue a career in Grant Writing. She is currently working towards earning an internship working alongside a Grant Writer at a non-profit organization in her hometown. During her free time she enjoys reading and binge watching Supernatural.

Nicole Schmidt is a Ph.D. candidate in the Second Language Teaching and Acquisition (SLAT) program at the University of Arizona. She is a graduate online instructor of Technical and Professional Writing, and she has also taught English as a Second and Foreign Language in the U.S., Japan, the Netherlands, and Spain. She is a Quality Assurance Assistant in the Office of Digital Learning and serves as the managing editor of ITET journal. Her research focuses on teacher knowledge and use of digital technologies in the second language university writing classroom. In her spare time, she loves to visit places she’s never been, pleasure read, sleep in late, and do lots of yoga.

Justin Squires is a second year undergraduate student in the Linguistics and East Asian Studies department studying Japanese. He plans to make it to Japan after graduation to teach English as a second language in some capacity and potentially enroll in graduate school either in America or Japan. His most notable interests as an undergraduate include syntactic theory and second language acquisition. When not in school, Justin is usually found admiring the work of physicists and taking unguided walks to anywhere.

Terrence Zhaozhe Wang is a doctoral student in the Second Language Studiesprogram at Purdue University. He teaches first-year composition to both domestic and international students. He conducts research on various issues in the field of Second Language Writing, sometimes with the help of digital means and corpus linguistics. He spends 6 hours in the gym every week and approximately a month traveling behind the wheel or on an airplane every year.

Louis Wyatt graduated from Purdue University in spring 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing. He currently works as an Independent Lead Writer at and does freelance writing, specializing in grant and tech writing, as well as journalism. Outside of work and school, Louis enjoys reading books and playing the guitar.