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Though not Basque himself, Casey Kennington grew up on a dairy farm in rural Ontario, Oregon, U.S.A., where he first heard the word "Basque" and and met many Basques, including a high school teacher who helped him foster a love for computers. During his university studies, he spent extended amounts of time in Japan, France, and Germany, learning the languages of each country. Since 2016, Casey has been a faculty member of the Department of Computer Science at Boise State University, focusing his research on dialogue systems and natural language processing. His love of languages led him to learn about the Basque language, and, despite being a busy professor, take two semesters of Basque in 2021-2022 at Boise State University. While attending a conference in the Basque Country in 2023, he more deeply understood how unique the Basque people are and why their language is worth learning and preserving.


  • Ph.D. - Linguistics - Bielefeld University, Germany, 2016
  • MS - Cognitive Science - Nancy, France, 2011
  • MS - Computational Linguistics - Saarbrücken, Germany, 2011
  • BS - Computer Science - Brigham Young University, 2007