Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

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Dr. Paola Cepeda is the Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at Washington University in St. Louis. She has a strong record of developing and managing successful learning, training and advising programs for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from different fields (from STEM and Medicine to the Arts, the Humanities and the Social Sciences). Dr. Cepeda serves as the Junior Chair of the Committee on Gender Equity in Linguistics of the Linguistic Society of America, as well as the International Officer of the National Postdoctoral Association International Taskforce. In these capacities, Dr. Cepeda advocates for interventions and policies to retain and engage underrepresented identities in academia (in particular, women, Latinx and LGBTQ-identifying scholars) and to educate international trainees about their academic and career mobility options. Dr. Cepeda holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Stony Brook University.


P. Cépeda, H. Kotek, K. Pabst, & K. Syrett (2021). Gender bias in linguistics textbooks. Has anything changed since Macaulay & Brice 1997? Language 97(4).

P. Cépeda & S. Cyrino (2020). Putting objects in order: Asymmetrical relations in Spanish and Portuguese ditransitives. In Dative constructions in Romance and beyond, ed. by A. Pineda & J. Mateu, 97-116. Berlin: Language Science Press.

P. Cépeda & J. Yun (2020). Negation in Korean time measure constructions. In 26th Japanese/Korean Linguistics Conference, ed. by S. Fukuda, S. Iwasaki, S.A Jun, S.O. Sohn, S. Strauss, & K. Zuraw. CSLI.

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