Yu Tian is originally from Taiyuan, Shanxi, China. She is currently a Ph.D. student majoring in Chinese Linguistics with minors in Second Language Acquisition and Computational Linguistics. She received her M.A. in Linguistics from the University of New Hampshire and her B.A. in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language in China. Her major research interests are Chinese syntax, second language acquisition and issues on second language writing and tutoring.