I am currently a PhD student in the Societal Computing program at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science. I am advised by Dr. Jürgen Pfeffer, who is now based at the Technical University of Munich.
My work brings statistical modeling to bear on critical, reflexive questions with and about large-scale network trace data. I am broadly concerned with issues of algorithmic power and control, and of validity and rigor in computational social science; understanding the possible ways in which social media and other large-scale trace data may give a distorted picture of human behavior will allow us to make generalizations that are robust to changes in individual platforms, and that apply in different platforms and contexts.
I also have ongoing work about the quality of sensors for collecting social network data and the nature of these data, and work about understanding and communicating foundational problems in statistical models of social networks.