I am a third-year Ph.D. student in Linguistics at Northwestern University, interested in sociophonetics, language variation and change, and sociolinguistic cognition. I am affiliated with SocioGroup and the Phonatics discussion group.

My research generally focuses on the ways in which speakers form and use indexical associations between sounds and social meanings in localized contexts, as well as how these associations might shift over time. At Northwestern, this work has focused on the production and perception of regional dialect features in Chicago.

I received my B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016 (Senior Thesis: Sound Change and Co-Variation in Nonstandard Modern Israeli Hebrew). During the 2016-2017 academic year, I worked with the Literacy Lab in Alexandria, VA as a reading instructor at a dual-language (English/Spanish) elementary school.

e-mail: jbenheim[at]u.northwestern.edu