About Me

I am a third-year PhD student in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Maryland, College Park, advised by Colin Phillips. My research interest is in psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics. I study how we construct linguistic structures and form representations in our mind in real-time and the cognitive mechanisms that help us do so.

Before joining the Linguistics department, I completed a MA in Second Language Acquisition at the University of Maryland and a BA in English Language Education with a combined major in Data Science for the Humanities at Seoul National University in South Korea. There, I was part of the SNU Brain and Humanities Lab where I received training in doing language science using EEG/ERPs and eye-tracking.


Email: ekleesla at umd dot edu

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