Craig Thorburn

I am now a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, working with Lori Holt (UT Austin) and Fred Dick (UCL).

I completed my Ph.D. at the University of Maryland where I was a student in the Department Of Linguistics as well as a member of the Computational Linguistics and Information Processing Lab (CLIP) and a member of the Maryland Language Science Center.  I was jointly advised by Naomi Feldman and Ellen Lau.

My research interests lie at the intersection of Computational Cognitive Modeling, Phonology and Neuroscience, where I aim to use computational models to study how humans learn and process speech sound categories.  You can see more information about my dissertation work and interests here.

Before moving to Maryland, I received my Bachelor's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2018 with a double major in Linguistics and Brain and Cognitive Science. 


Room 5.528, SEAY Building, 108 E Dean Keeton St., Austin, TX 78712


August 2023 - I am excited to begin a postdoctoral position with Dr. Lori Holt (UT-Austin) and Dr. Fred Dick (UCL) this fall!

June 2023 - I successfully defended my dissertation - 'Second Language Speech Sound Learning - A Computational and Neural Approach.' 

October 2022 - I'm at the Society for Neurobiology of Language Conference in Philadelphia!  I'll be presenting work on decoding different context models in non-native English speakers. I'd love to tell you about it at Poster D65 on Friday evening.

September 2022 - Our paper on teaching school students language science over zoom was just published in Language and Linguistics Compass. Taking language science to zoom school: Virtual outreach to elementary school students

August 2022 - I'm honored to have recieved the Howard Lasnik Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Student from the UMD Department of Linguistics