About me

I am a PhD candidate in computer science at UMass Amherst working in the Statistical Social Language Analysis Lab, advised by Brendan O’Connor. I am interested in developing equitable and just natural language processing systems, and applying them to examine language variation and change (computational sociolinguistics). I’ve worked on developing models to identify dialectal variation on social media, and on using the language of measurement modeling to rigorously analyze harms arising from biased NLP systems.

I am supported by the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Previously, I received my B.A. in mathematics from Wellesley College. I interned at Microsoft Research in New York in summer 2019, where I was very fortunate to work with Hanna Wallach, Hal Daumé III, and Solon Barocas.

Recent news

Apr. 2020: Our paper examining work on bias in NLP has been accepted to ACL 2020!

Feb. 2020: I defended my thesis proposal!

Jan. 2020: I presented a tutorial with Abbie Jacobs at FAT* 2020.

Oct. 2019: I attended the Rising Stars in EECS Workshop at UIUC.

Oct. 2019: I gave a talk at Text as Data.

June 2019: I’m honored to have been named among the best reviewers for ICWSM 2019.

May 2019: I’m interning at Microsoft Research in New York this summer.

Apr. 2019: I’m honored to have received an Accomplishments in Search & AI Award for UMass CICS.

Apr. 2019: I gave a talk at the Computational Social Science Institute Seminar at UMass.

Apr. 2019: I’m honored to have received a CICS Outstanding Synthesis Project Award.

Nov. 2018: I gave a talk at the New Methods in Computational Sociolinguistics Workshop in Leiden.

Sept. 2018: Abe Handler, Katherine Keith, and I co-designed and co-taught a freshman computer science seminar, Ethical Issues Surrounding Artificial Intelligence Systems and Big Data.