Nina Feygl Semushina

Nina Feygl Semushina

University of Chicago
Nina Semushina is a post-doctoral scholar at the Goldin-Meadow Laboratory at the University of Chicago, where she focuses her research on the use of gesture in mathematics learning among children and adults, including those who are deaf and hearing. Prior to her current position, she earned her Ph.D. in Linguistics and Anthropogeny from the University of California, San Diego. In her doctoral research, Nina explored the similarities and differences between the number systems of sign languages used by the deaf community and those of spoken languages, as well as the effects of early language deprivation on number acquisition. Her dissertation also delved into the typological, morphological, and processing aspects of these number systems. Nina's research interests lie in the acquisition of mathematical concepts and numbers, particularly the role that language (both signed and spoken) and gesture play in the learning process for both children and adults. Her work has the potential to inform new approaches to teaching mathematics and improving educational outcomes across diverse populations.