I work at the intersection of network science, natural language processing, and computational social science under the guidance of Prof. Brooke Foucault Welles at Northeastern University’s Network Science Institute. Network science gives us a framework for understanding who is interacting with whom, while natural language processing yields insight into what characterizes those interactions. Together, I use these to study online communication networks through public sphere theory. I am particularly interested in how discursive topics and emotions flow within and between (polarized) online communities, and how the network positions of particular actors or bots within those networks may shape those flows.
Prior to starting at Northeastern, I worked with the Computational Story Lab under the guidance of Professor Chris Danforth and Professor Peter Dodds at the Vermont Complex Systems Center. While at the University of Vermont, I obtained a master’s degree in mathematics with a focus in complex systems. For two consecutive summers, I was a visiting research assistant at the University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute, studying topic models with research lead Greg Ver Steeg and the Machine Intelligence and Data Science (MINDS) research group. I also hold a BA in mathematics from the University of Connecticut. You can learn more details from my CV.
Outside of my research life, I enjoy playing guitar. I have played in jazz big bands, combos, a pit orchestra, and a ska-punk band. I almost exclusively play acoustic guitar now, and eventually I will master my looping pedal and become a one-man band.