Current Students

Meet the dynamic and diverse MLC cohort for the 2015-2016 Academic Year:

Amy-Gabrielle Bartolac

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Amy-Gabrielle is a Media Monitoring Intern for a national presidential campaign and will complete her MLC degree in May 2016. Since beginning her master’s, she has served as a Press Intern for Senators Charles E. Schumer (NY) and Robert P. Casey, Jr. (PA), and she also served as the National Restaurant Association’s Communications Intern. She has focused her coursework on discourse in politics, press, and communications and aspires to work in a career that integrates those fields in Washington, DC. In addition to exploring DC’s pockets of cuisine, she enjoys striking up conversations in French, solving the New York Times crossword, and playing golf at East Potomac (she invites you to join her for a round!).

Kelsey Boyce

Kelsey Boyce is from Arrowsic, ME and graduated from Gettysburg College with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Writing. She is attending Georgetown part-time while working full-time in the Office of Admissions for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Kelsey hopes to use the skills learned in the MLC program at her current job at Georgetown and in the future as a Speech and Language Pathologist. She is particularly interested in language and disability and language in a medical context. Kelsey loves D.C. and all it has to offer and enjoys singing and playing tennis.

Katherine Lucey

Kate comes to Georgetown with a degree in Linguistics (Boston College ’12), two years’ experience in the working world as a fundraiser, and a background in international service immersion. She plans bring all that to bear as she explores the intersections of inequality, social justice, and language in society at the MLC. A native of the Boston area, Kate is enjoying getting to know her new city and is always open to suggestions on the best restaurants, running routes, live music venues, and, of course, sports bars where she can cheer on her beloved Beantown teams from afar.

Anne Musica

Anne is from Washington, DC (seriously) and graduated from Georgetown University with a BA in Linguistics and a Theology minor. She previously worked at the Center for Advanced Study of Language at the University of Maryland and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in the Department of Anthropology. She currently works full time as the Administrative Coordinator in the Department of Government at Georgetown while attending the MLC part time. Anne is interested in language policy, indigenous language revitalization, and minority language rights. In her ever dwindling amounts of spare time, Anne cuddles with her cats and collects books she’ll never read

Megan Phillips


Megan Phillips is from Germantown, MD and graduated from Johns Hopkins with a BA in Cognitive science, concentrating in Linguistics. She works for a research and development company supporting the federal government. Megan is looking forward to learning how to apply sociolinguistics to a professional setting and hopes to use it to support sociocultural analysis. In her free time, which she anticipates decreasing greatly upon starting Georgetown, she likes to ride horses.

Cally Alessi


Cally is from Buffalo, New York and graduated from SUNY Buffalo with a double major in Linguistics and German with a minor in English Literature. She is currently in her first year at the MLC program and is interested in new media discourse analysis, gender, and identity construction. She hopes to pursue a career that allows her passion for sociolinguistics and social justice to merge in the workplace. Cally’s extra-curricular interests include reading comics books, exploring the local foodie/beer scene, and analyzing the latest popular television shows. You can follow her on Twitter @callyale.

Anne Butler


Anne earned her BA in English and Music Performance from Muhlenberg College in 2012. After college, she spent three years working as an educational program manager for Wycliffe Associates, a multinational nonprofit, traveling to and working with stakeholders in several South Asian and South American countries. While at Wycliffe, Anne also completed some coursework at the Kellogg School of Management, contributing marketing research to several consulting projects. At the MLC Anne is focusing her studies on discourse analysis, institutional discourse, and cross-cultural communication – her goal is to apply knowledge from these fields to business contexts. A native of Pennsylvania, Anne loves exploring new places and meeting new people, and has also spent time living in Orlando, Scotland, Chicago, and Buffalo before moving to Washington, D.C.

Katarina Starcevic

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Katarina graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in Linguistics and a minor in Japanese, and is in her second (and final) year of the MLC program. She is currently interning with the Linguistic Society of America, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the scientific study of language. There, she works on a variety of tasks, including planning and executing public outreach projects and managing the professional needs of the organization’s members. Previously, she interned with maslansky + partners, a language strategy market research firm, and helped craft compelling messages for a diverse array of corporations, products, and services. In her senior thesis, she explored the public media discourse of the horse racing industry and the linguistic strategies that form an industry’s response to a downturn in public opinion. She is from central Kentucky, and her interests include studying foreign languages, Greek dance, all things Serbian, and anything related to horses and farm life.

Emily Summers

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Emily Summers is from a small town outside of Kansas City, Missouri and graduated from the University of Missouri with degrees in English, Linguistics, and Anthropology in May of 2015. She is currently a first year MLC student interested in research on dialects of American English, variation, language attitudes, and language in social media. Emily is passionate about “making linguistics work” outside of academics and hopes to explore the possibilities of applying linguistic research to fields like forensics, healthcare, politics, social justice, and more. Outside of the MLC, Emily enjoys getting to know DC’s people, places, and restaurants! You can find her on Twitter at @emilyk_summers.

Pete Tontillo


Pete is a second-year MLC student. He studies political communication, and the ways linguistics can inform rhetoric and persuasion. He works at a strategic communications firm in D.C., where he conducts linguistic research and analyses to help clients use the best words to achieve their goals. Before coming to Georgetown, Pete lived abroad, working in China as a consultant and in Kenya as a Fulbright scholar. He graduated in 2012 from Washington University in St. Louis with degrees in Classics and African Studies. He is a hip-hop enthusiast.

Ping-Hsuan Wang


Ping-Hsuan is from Taipei, Taiwan. Before joining the MLC in 2015, he graduated from
National Central University with a major in English, having written thesis papers on both English literature and English language in online interaction.

For three years, he worked as an English teacher while seeking alternatives to the test- and score-oriented education in Taiwan. He started making video lessons on YouTube to promote language learning, including English and Japanese.

Now he is interested in language and sexuality in the LGBTQ community, and Chinese as a heritage language in DC. He enjoys collecting narratives and having sociolinguistic interviews where he gets to engage with people in insightful conversations.

Linkedin: Ping-Hsuan Wang

Ho-Fai Cheng


Viggo is the current RA for the MLC program. He is also a PhD student in Sociolinguistics at Georgetown University. His research interests include discourse analysis, intercultural communication, and language and identity. He has previously studied at the University of Amsterdam and the Hong Kong Baptist University, where he graduated with a B.A. in English Language and Literature with a minor in Psychology and an M.A. in Language Studies. Prior to his study at Georgetown, he published an article on intergroup prejudice among university students of culturally-diverse backgrounds and a book review on (in)appropriate online behaviors in computer-mediated discourse.