Grant is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese pursuing a dual title degree in Spanish and Language Science. Grant maintains varied interests in phonetics, phonology, and bilingualism, but the nexus of his research is language variation and change. Grant's dissertation will examine the interaction of sociodemographic and cognitive behavioral factors affecting the adoption of variable phonological distributions in a naturalistic context, with the goal of creating a comprehensive, sociocognitive profile of the leaders of sound change. More information about his research can be found at grantberry.info Grant will be traveling to the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics at Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands to continue research with Dr. Mirjam Ernestus on phonetic alignment in the context of a lingua franca to explore the plasticity of bilingual phonological representations.