I am a Research Scientist at Altus Assessments, and have the honor of being a part of the Altus research team! Altus promotes diversity in higher education, empowering institutions to look beyond book smarts and also take into account non-cognitive competencies such as empathy and collaborativeness when making key academic decisions.

I am also currently working as a Sessional Instructional Assistant at the University of Toronto within the Department of Language Studies. This semester (Fall 2021), I'm assisting with LINA01H3F, 'Introduction to Linguistics' with Safieh Moghaddam and LINC28H3F, 'Language and Gender' with Atiqa Hachimi.

For an overview of my research and teaching, here's my academic CV! For a compact version of my experience, here is my resume!


I have defended my dissertation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in August 2020. Here's a link to a recording of my dissertation defense: https://osf.io/xbruf/

Dissertation available online @ UMass ScholarWorks and OSF

Most recent paper: pre-print (with Brian Dillon) on the production experiments in my dissertation available @ https://psyarxiv.com/uhj3g


🏳️‍🌈 I am also working with Gender Talk Romania and Identity Education to help promote gender neutral language awareness in Romanian. If you'd like to help out, get in touch with us! 🏳️‍🌈

As a linguist, I'm a comparative psychosyntactician: I gather and examine crosslinguistic and psycholinguistic data in order to inform and refine our syntactic theory. It is at UMass that I found my love for psycholinguistics, which to me, is crucial in the investigation of our assumptions about language and its syntax. In my dissertation, I present experimental data that provide evidence that syntactic and pragmatic constraints jointly determine the choice of pronominal expressions for reflexives and bound variable anaphora in Romanian. This data was gathered by means of four NSF DDRI funded experiments on the comprehension and production of pronouns and anaphora in Romanian. I am also among the first linguists to investigate adult comprehension in Romanian, having also run studies on NPI illusions for strong/weak NPIs and neg-words in this negative concord language. UMass also helped me discover my passion for fieldwork, and I have had the incredible fortune of working on binding and definite wh-phrases in Yalalag Zapotec. I have also worked on pronouns and (tensed) definite determiners in Somali with Deniz Özyıldız and Binding in Vietnamese with Thuy Bui.

Other things I'm currently working on include Binding Theory and reference more broadly, PCC effects in Romanian, fake indexicals and their agreement patterns in Farsi and Romanian with Zahra Mirrazi, and (reflexive) denominal verbs with Adina Camelia Bleotu (under grant PN-III-P1-1.1-PD-2019-0472 awarded to Camelia by UEFISCDI).

I am also very passionate about teaching linguistics. So much so, in fact, that I've developed materials for various courses I taught as a main instructor at UMass. If you'd like to peruse the course materials I designed for Introduction to Linguistics and Introduction to Syntax way back in 2017, you may find them here.

Finally, here's something my academic CV below won't tell you: I am an unquestionable expert in all things Harry Potter.

Most Recent Output

June 2021: Ivan, Dillon, & Johnson @ WCCFL39 Proceedings [Pre-Print]


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You may reach me by email at this preferred email address:

rudmila.rodica.ivan [at] gmail.com

My Altus Assessments email is:

rivan [at] altusassessments.com

My U of T email is:

rodica.ivan [at] utoronto.ca

My UMass email is:

rivan [at] umass.edu