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Gilbert Place, 220 Gilbert Street, Blacksburg, VA, 24060

About Me

I'm an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Virginia Tech, where I lead the SAIL (Society + AI & Language) Lab. My research lies at the intersection of Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). My work aims to advance Computational Social Science (CSS) by using computational linguistics to better understand how AI-mediated systems impact interactions across people and machines.


  • Ph.D., Informatics, University of California, Irvine
  • B.A., Political Science, Columbia University (Columbia College), New York, NY

Professional Appointments

  • Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department, Virginia Tech
  • Postdoc, NLP Group, Computer Science Department, Stanford University
  • PhD Intern, Meta, Menlo Park, California
  • Associate Consultant, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Seoul, South Korea
  • Analyst, Opera Solutions, New York, New York

Grants, Awards, and Fellowships

  • Designing AI as a Mental Health Resource for Autistic Adults: Enhancing Therapeutic Approaches with Multimodal Interactions, World Health Consortium, Role: PI; $40,000
  • Integrating Neurodivergence into the STEM Workforce, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, 2023, Role: Co-PI; $75,000
  • EmotionAIze - Empathy-Driven Interactive Human-AI System for Countering Negative-Self Talk for Autistic Individuals, Virginia Tech Center for Human-Computer Interaction, 2023, Role: PI; $25,000
  • Predicting Online Groupthink Rhetoric in COVID-19 Health Mandate Discourse, Virginia Tech Center forPeace Studies and Violence Prevention, 2021, Role: PI, $15,000
  • ACM CHI Best Research Honorable Mention Award, 2020
  • Kling Endowed Memorial Fellowship, University of California, Irvine, 2020, $2,000
  • CSCW Doctoral Consortium Fellowship, 2019, $1,565
  • Roberta Ellen Lamb Memorial Fellowship, 2018, $10,000
  • Graduate Dean’s Recruitment Fellowship, 2015, $5,000

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