Ann Senghas is a professor in the Department of Psychology at Barnard College, and for the present academic year she is a Mary I. Bunting Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Her research focuses on the emergence of structure in a new sign language created by deaf children in Nicaragua over the past four decades. Dr. Senghas earned her PhD in brain and cognitive sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1995. She held postdoctoral research positions at the University of Rochester and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in the Netherlands. Dr. Senghas’s research has been supported by the NIH since 2002.