I’m a PhD candidate in the Language Technologies Institute at
Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science, advised by Carolyn Penstein Rosé. In the summer of 2019, I was an intern with Yahoo Research/Tumblr, advised by Kapil Thadani.
I study social factors in language using natural language processing, machine learning, and other computational approaches. My dissertation work investigates how people use language to position their own identities and those of others in social media and online narrative.
Language conveys much more than information. The words we use show something about who we are, what the situation is, who is being spoken to, and even what the relationship might be between participants in a conversation. Influence, politeness, censorship, privilege and identity are examples of social constructs that I’m interested in looking at through language.
I use machine learning and other computational methods to measure, analyze and predict these social factors in language. The goal of my research is to more fully understand how social constructs are both reflected and come into being through language. My research draws on computational linguistics, sociolinguistics and discourse analysis.