Jon Rawski

Jon Rawski


Stony Brook University


I am a PhD candidate in the Linguistics Department at Stony Brook University, advised by Jeffrey Heinz. I am also a Graduate Assistant in the Center for Neural Circuit Dynamics, and a Junior Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Computational Science. Starting Fall 2021 I will be an Assistant Professor of Linguistics at San Jose State University.

My work concerns the mathematics of human language and learning. These cognitive feats emerge from humans' unique neuronal structure and computing power, allowing linguistic insight to contribute to the broader cognitive sciences and artificial intelligence. I frequently use tensor algebra, formal language theory, grammatical inference, differentiable machine learning, and finite model theory to clarify the nature of the human mental capacity of language.


  • Computational/Mathematical Linguistics
  • Cognitive Science
  • Artificial Intelligence


  • PhD in Linguistics, 2021

    Stony Brook University

  • MSci in Cognitive Science, 2016

    Higher School of Economics

  • BA in Linguistics, 2013

    University of Minnesota

Projects & Publications


Research Positions


Graduate Assistant

Stony Brook Center for Neural Circuit Dynamics

Jan 2019 – Present

Research Assistant

Stony Brook Computational Linguistics Lab

Jun 2018 – Present

Research Fellow

Institute for Advanced Computational Science

Sep 2017 – Present

Graduate Assistant

HSE Theoretical Neuroscience Group

Sep 2015 – Jul 2016

Research Assistant

HSE Neurolinguistics Laboratory

Jan 2015 – May 2015

Undergraduate Researcher

UMN Dept. of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences

Jan 2013 – Aug 2013

Student Manager, Research Assistant

NuMI Off-Axis Electron Neutrino Appearance (NOvA) Laboratory, UMN Physics Dept.

Jun 2012 – Aug 2013