Samantha studied for a BA in Modern Language Studies at the University of Nottingham and came to SOAS to study for an MA in Language Documentation and Description completed in 2012. Her dissertation focused on the use of Mauritian Creole in the UK. She is interested in multilingualism, sociolinguistics, language maintenance and revitalisation. She is one of the co-founders and co-directors of Language Landscape, an organisation which promotes linguistic diversity through their website and outreach projects with local schools.
Her research focus for the PhD is on the relationship between mobility and the maintenance of multilingual repertoires in Essyl. Her research also focusses on gender roles and analyses how these impact language use.
Her research interests are sociolinguistics, multilingualism, translanguaging theory, language documentation and revitalisation.