Jesse Harris

Jesse Harris

Associate Professor of Linguistics


I am an associate professor at UCLA in the Department of Linguistics, and director of the UCLA Language Processing Lab. My research investigates how language users develop a sufficiently rich linguistic meaning during online comprehension. Recent topics include the processing of ellipsis and the assignment of focus, as well as the role of other semantic, pragmatic, and prosodic defaults in sentence interpretation.

I am committed to using experimental methods in my research, including Internet based questionnaires, corpora, and online methods such as self-paced reading and eye tracking. See this page for a description of the various methods and data collection tools used in the lab.

Before UCLA, I was an assistant professor at Pomona College, in the Department of Linguistics & Cognitive Science.

I am an organizer for the California Meeting on Psycholinguistics (CAMP), and hosted the inaugural meeting at UCLA in 2017. CAMP 2018 was held at the University of Southern California. CAMP 2019 was held at UC Santa Cruz. CAMP 2021 will be held virtually at UC Irvine.

Finally, I often lead the Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics Seminar; the current schedule may be found here.


  • Psycholinguistics
  • Experimental Linguistics
  • Formal semantics and pragmatics
  • Ellipsis structures
  • Focus and information structure
  • Eye movements while reading


  • PhD in Linguistics, 2012

    UMass Amherst

  • MSc in Logic, 2007

    University of Amsterdam

  • MA in Linguistics, 2003

    University of Chicago

  • BA in Linguistics, 2003

    University of Chicago