Inviting Applications to the Language Science Doctoral Program at UC Irvine

Inviting Applications to the Language Science Doctoral Program at UC Irvine

The Department of Language Science at the University of California, Irvine, invites applications for Fall, 2021, for our language science doctoral program. UCI is located in Orange County, CA, between Los Angeles and San Diego, and just minutes from the ocean. We are a Department of Language Science that merges the cross-disciplinarity of linguistics, psychology, and cognitive neuroscience with a focus on computational and experimental studies of language development, semantics and pragmatics, syntax, speech, and bilingualism. As the first of its kind in the country, our program provides a new approach to the science of language, enabling exciting opportunities for deep collaboration and cutting edge cross-fertilization. Our aim is to prepare students to be at the forefront of change in the field, empowering them to be the future leaders driving innovation. Our faculty bring expertise in innovative technologies for quantitative, neuroscientific, and behavioral approaches to language science.

We anticipate adding a number of new faculty by Fall, 2021 who will add to existing strengths and contribute to the breadth of our graduate program. Language Science graduate training incorporates curricular flexibility, development of technical communication skills, and prioritization of research early in the graduate career. We welcome applications from students who wish to develop cross-disciplinary collaborations across different faculty research programs. New students will join a cohort of 11 graduate students and two post doctoral fellows.

We encourage prospective students to contact faculty for specific information about their labs or Judith Kroll (, graduate director, for more general information about the program.  The deadline for applications is December 1, 2020.

The core language science faculty include:
Richard Futrell ( linguistics, natural language processing, Bayesian modeling, information theory
Gregory Hickok ( neuroanatomy of language, neural plasticity, neuroimaging, cognitive neuroscience
Judith Kroll ( bilingualism, cognition, language processing, cognitive neuroscience
Lisa Pearl ( language development, linguistics, computational sociolinguistics, cognitive modeling
Gregory Scontras ( formal semantics, computational and experimental studies of meaning, heritage languages

Affiliated language science faculty include:
Alyssa Brewer ( neuroimaging of visual perception, visual deficits, neurological disorders
Brandy Gatlin (, reading, writing, cultural and linguistic diversity, measurement and assessment, instruction
Young-Suk Kim ( Language, cognition, reading, writing, development, bilingual & biliteracy acquisition, dual language learners, English learners
J. Zoe Klemfuss ( narrative development; children’s autobiographical memory; sociocontextual influences on children’s narrative, memory, and well-being; children’s eyewitness abilities
Glenn Levine ( applied linguistics, theoretical linguistics, foreign language pedagogy, German-Jewish literature, Yiddish language and literature
Elizabeth Peña (, language impairment, language development, assessment bias and measurement
Rubén G. Rumbaut ( international immigration, refugee movements, bilingualism and language loss, educational and occupational achievement
Sameer Singh ( machine learning, information extraction, natural language processing, probabilistic programming, interactive machine learning, distributed & parallel inference, semi-supervised learning
Julio Torres ( and second language acquisition, bilingualism, cognition, task-based language learning, curriculum & instruction
Kai Wehmeier (, philosophy of logic and language, early analytic philosophy, philosophy of mathematics

Emeritus Faculty
Virginia Mann ( reading ability, speech perception
Bernard Tranel ( linguistic theory, phonology, phonetics, morphology, Optimality Theory, Romance languages, French linguistics, tone languages, Margi, Mixtec