Elise Stickles is a postdoctoral lecturer in the Thinking Matters program at Stanford. For the 2016-2017 year she will be teaching in the Breaking Codes, Finding Patterns, and Food Talks: The Language of Food courses. Elise received her bachelor's degree in Anthropology from Vassar College and master's degree in Linguistics from UC Berkeley. She completed her Ph.D. in Linguistics at UC Berkeley in 2016.
Elise's graduate research focused on the use of metaphoric motion in co-speech gesture in a cognitive linguistic framework. She studies gesture data in corpora collected from naturalistic sources and experimentally-elicited gesture production to understand how conceptual metaphors interact with both grammatical structures and modalities, and how it compares to how we use the same words and gestures in non-metaphoric contexts. Currently, she is studying the effects of spatial reasoning and mental imagery abilities on gesture production. Elise also studies computational and corpus approaches to automatically identifying and analyzing metaphoric language in large data sets as a member of the MetaNet metaphor NLP project.