Nicole Mirea, PhD

data & design, stories & histories ✨ questioning everything since forever ✨ she/her


I will soon be starting a new role as a Data Scientist at Plinth Analytics!

Background: In 2022, I earned my doctorate in Linguistics with a specialization in Cognitive Science from Northwestern, working with Dr. Matt Goldrick. My graduate work investigated how language learners use what they already know to help them learn sound patterns of a new language, through experiments with both human participants and deep learning models. I also analyzed survey data for social good in partnership with Bilingualism Matters Chicago and graduate student organizations at Northwestern. In 2020, I did a summer data science internship at Duolingo, where I worked with a cross-functional team to identify learning strategies employed by users and assess their effectiveness. Before graduate school, I was a front-end web developer/designer for UCLA’s Center for Tropical Research and Institute of the Environment & Sustainability.

Name: In English, my full name is pronounced [ni’kʰɔl ‘miɹə]; my last name rhymes with “lira.” It comes from Romanian, which is one of my two native languages, alongside English.


May 24, 2023 I’ll soon be starting as a Data Scientist at Plinth, a small start-up consulting company specializing in real-world data! Grateful for the incredible support from mentors, friends, and loved ones that led to this opportunity 🙌 Excited for the future!
May 3, 2023 I’ve created a new Mastodon account :wave: :elephant:
Feb 2, 2023 The analysis files from the speech experiments in my thesis are now publicly available on, along with audio recordings and transcriptions.
Nov 4, 2022 I successfully defended my thesis! 🎉 Many thanks to my advisor, Matt Goldrick; my committee members Ann Bradlow and Ken Paller; everyone who attended my dissertation defense; and all others who helped me along the way.
Aug 2, 2022 I’ll be discussing my thesis work at Psychonomics 2022! Come say hi in person at the 6pm Friday poster session, or check out the virtual presentation (available sometime after October 27).

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