Crow PIs are guided by our advisory board and work with a wonderful team of undergraduate and graduate researchers (below).

Principal investigators

Dr. Ashley Velázquez is Assistant Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at the University of Washington, Bothell. She is was 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.

Dr. Shelley Staples is Associate Professor of English Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition and Teaching at University of Arizona. She currently serves as Director of Second Language Writing for the University’s Writing Program. 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.

Dr. Michelle McMullin is Assistant Professor of English at North Carolina State University. 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.

Dr. Adriana Picoral is Assistant Professor of Data Science in the School of Information at the 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.

Dr. Bradley Dilger (@cbdilger) is Associate Professor of English at Purdue University. 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.

Dr. Randi Reppen is Professor of Applied Linguistics and TESL at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff AZ. She uses corpus linguistics better understand how language varies in different contexts of use, and how that can be used to inform materials development and instruction. Dr. Reppen has published numerous articles, chapters, and books, with recent publications in the International Journal of Corpus Linguistics and International Journal of Learner Corpus Research. Dr. Reppen lives in Flagstaff, AZ and Mammoth Lakes, CA.

Team members

Dr. Hadi Banat is an assistant professor in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and he is also directing their ESL program. His research lies at the intersections of Writing Studies, TESOL, and Writing Program Administration. In Crow, he works in infrastructure development, grant funding, event planning, and writing research. For a detailed overview of his work, please visit and

Mariana Centanin Bertho is a PhD student in the Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT) program at the University of Arizona. She teaches Portuguese at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Her research interests include multilingualism in its sociolinguistics and pedagogical perspectives, teaching Portuguese as an L3, and teaching pronunciation. She has also been working with Teletandem interactions and aims to develop corpus-based research on students’ oral production.

Chen Chen is a PhD student in East Asian Studies at the University of Arizona. Her research interests include second language acquisition of Chinese, corpus linguistics, and sociolinguistics. She hopes to learn more computational techniques. In her spare time, she likes to watch funny dog and cat videos 🙂

Jianfen Chen is a second-year doctoral student at Purdue University, where she teaches first-year composition. Jianfen’s research focuses on public rhetoric, comparative rhetoric, and professional and technical communication. Jianfen received her MS in Technical Communication from NC State where she taught Communication for Business and Management to undergraduates as part of the Professional Writing program before being admitted to Purdue. She was recently selected as Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative Graduate Fellow for 2020-21.

Nina Conrad is a PhD student in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching at the University of Arizona. Her research interests include second-language writing, academic literacies, and postsecondary students’ use of proofreading and literacy brokering. She has an MA in TESL and currently teaches Foundations Writing courses at the UA. She also enjoys gardening, baking, and organizing board game and trivia nights.

Anh T. Dang is a Master’s student in the English Applied Linguistics program at the University of Arizona. Her research interests are second language writing, multilingualism with the focus on using multilingual resources to assist students in university composition courses, World Englishes and corpus linguistics. She is currently teaching Foundations Writing courses at the UA. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, watching Korean dramas and taking pictures of her cat Miumiu.

Ryan Day is a junior at Purdue University studying Civil Engineering with a minor in Political Science and Spanish. He has previous research experience with the Neurology Department at the University of Chicago, and currently serves on the Transculturation team at Purdue. He intends to pursue further research opportunities both in the humanities and in the hard sciences. He spends his spare time skiing, scuba diving, and traveling with friends and family.

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.

Dr. Wendy Jie Gao is a lecturer at the College of Foreign Languages and Literature, Fudan University, Shanghai. Her research interests include language testing, L2 speaking assessment, and English for academic purposes.

Hannah Gill is an undergraduate student at the University of Arizona studying PPEL (Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law) and English. She hopes to teach English once she graduates. In her spare time, she loves to compete in triathlons and read as much as possible.

Larissa Goulart is a PhD student at Northern Arizona University. Her research interests include second language writing and register variation. She has an MA in ELT from Warwick University and currently teacher at the Program in Intensive English at NAU. She also likes cats, tea, knitting and winning trivia.

Alantis Houpt is an undergraduate student in her senior year at the University of Arizona. She is Majoring in English with a Minor focus in Intercultural Studies. Over the summer, her plans include completion of TEFL/TESOL certification. Upon graduation in December 2020, Alantis hopes to teach English as a second language overseas. In her spare time, she enjoys playing video games, hiking, and cuddling with her 2 cats.

Dr. Ge Lan recently defended his dissertation, “Noun Phrase Complexity, Academic Level, and First Language Background in Academic Writing” in second language studies 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.

Jhonatan Henao Muñoz is a M.A. Candidate in Hispanic Linguistics, with minor in SLAT, and M.A. Student in French Linguistics and L2 Learning and Teaching 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. candidate in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT) at the University of Arizona. His academic interests include register variation, L2 Russian syntactic and morphological complexity development, corpus-informed pedagogy and Data-driven Learning (DDL), course design, Task-based Language Teaching (TBLT) and more generally, usage-based approaches to L2 language learning and teaching in English and Russian.

Emily Palese is a PhD candidate in the Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT) program at the University of Arizona. Her research and work centers around curriculum development, instructional design, and teacher education for EAL (English as an Additional Language) teaching contexts. She is currently the Graduate Assistant Director of Global Foundations Writing at the University of Arizona, and she has previously taught English in the Peace Corps (Philippines).

Kevin Sanchez is an undergraduate student in his senior year at the University of Arizona, studying English and Creative Writing. After graduation, Kevin plans on applying for Arizona’s Creative Writing MFA. In his spare time he enjoys writing poetry, reading, and hiking local trails.

Dr. Nicole Schmidt, a graduate of Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT), is an Instructional Designer for Digital Learning at the University of Arizona. Her current work focuses on course development for UA Global’s microcampus program. Nicole has also taught undergraduate composition, including Technical and Professional Writing, in both online and in-person formats. Before that, she taught English for Academic Purposes in the U.S., Japan, the Netherlands, and Spain. In her spare time, Nicole loves to visit places she’s never been, read mainly historical fiction, experiment with baking, and spend time out of doors, preferably near water.

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 an Assistant Research Professor at the Scholarly Communication Research Group at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland🇵🇱. She obtained her Ph.D. in English / Second Language Studies program at Purdue University, where she specialized in writing research. Her projects encompass the areas of second language writing, corpus linguistics, and English for Academic Purposes. In Crow, she works on data collection, processing, and research on reporting verb use by international first year writers.

Hui Wang is a first year Ph.D. student in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT) at University of Arizona. She is interested in supporting linguistically diverse learners’ language development. Her teaching experience inspired her to pursue research that explores second language writing and corpus linguistics. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, traveling and taking care of aquarium life.

Yuwei Wang is a second year Ph.D. student in Chinese Linguistics, East Asian Studies. She has been graduated from North Eastern Normal University of China with her Bachelor and Master’s degree in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language. She had former teaching experience in China and in Korea as a Chinese instructor, and had been working in Chinese publishing industry for four years. Her research interest is second language acquisition.

Ali Yaylali is a doctoral candidate in Language, Reading, and Culture (LRC) program at the University of Arizona. He currently teaches a linguistics course in the elementary education program. He also serves at the board of AZTESOL as the southeast region representative. Before starting the PhD program, he taught ESL and Turkish in Arizona. He also voluntarily taught English in the adult second language learning programs such PIMA and Literacy Connects. His current interests are L2 writing in secondary science classrooms, the language of science register, literacy development, corpus linguistics, second language pedagogy, discourse analysis, and intercultural competence. He is currently working on his dissertation research, which focuses on L2 writing development in high school biology classrooms. In his free time, Ali travels and spends time with his family.

Former Crowbirds

  • Dr. Beril Tezeller Arik, Nuh Naci Yazgan University (Purdue)
  • Dr. Lauren Brentnell, University of Northern Colorado (Michigan State)
  • Dr. Tony Bushner, Michigan (Purdue)
  • Olga Chumakova, Arizona
  • Curtis Green, Michigan State (Arizona)
  • Dr. Bill Hart-Davidson, Michigan State
  • Emily Ruth Jones, Purdue
  • Kati Juhlin, Arizona
  • Samantha Kirby, Arizona
  • Nik Kirstein, Arizona
  • Dr. Yingliang Liu, Wuhan University of Technology (Arizona)
  • Lindsey Macdonald, Purdue
  • David Marsh, National Institute of Technology, Wakayama College, Japan
  • Kelly Marshall, Arizona
  • Sarah Merryman, Purdue
  • Blair Newton, Purdue
  • Samantha Pate Rappuhn, Purdue
  • Justin Squires, Arizona
  • Echo Yiqiu Yan, Purdue
  • Terrence Zhaozhe Wang, Purdue
  • Louis Wyatt, Purdue