Education

 

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Ph.D. Student in Information Science
Committee Members: Michael Macy (Chair), Lillian Lee, Mabel Berezin

Aug '16 - Present
 

 

 

Rutgers University,New Brunswick, NJ
Bachelors Degree - Majors in Sociology and Communications, Minor in Philosophy
Advised by Paul McLean; Graduated Summa Cum Laude

Sept '09 - May '13
 


Relevant Industry Experience

Poshmark, Data Science Intern, Redwood City, CA
▪ Employed causal inference & ML methods to determine the economic efficacy of the site’s social features
▪ Examined the formation and evolution of users’ relationships & predicted if they resulted in purchases
▪ Explored community structures & tie formation locations through temporal analysis of the site’s network
▪ Conducted qualitative analyses of users’ experiences and their own comments – in order to devise strategic recommendations that could both benefit the goals of the company and its users

May ‘18 – Aug ‘18


FCB New York, Senior Social Media Analyst, New York, NY
▪ Tracked efficacy of the FDA’s “The Real Cost” anti-smoking campaign across four social media channels
▪ Determined common topics on social media around campaign PSAs, vaping, and smoking in general
▪ Identified central influencers in conversations about smoking using network analysis
▪ Coordinated with social media marketing partners to effectively guide the FDA's social media strategy

Aug ’15 – Jul ‘16

 

 

Converseon Inc., Social Media Analyst, New York, NY
▪ Explored topics on social media for Fortune 500 companies including Twitter, IBM, and Nissan
▪ Identified key influencers across various markets using network analysis of social media data
▪ Managed a team of freelancers and Mechanical Turk users for data coding, and ensured reliability of that data

Jul ’13 – Aug ‘15

 

 

YPulse, Marketing Intern, New York, NY
▪ Devised, programmed, and analyzed youth-targeted surveys for major entertainment corporations
▪ Led community management with survey participants

Jul ’12 – Aug ‘12


Research Experiences

Testing Unpredictability with Multiple Words
▪ PI: Michael Macy, collaborating with Alexander Ruch and Sebastian Deri
▪ This project is funded by NSF Award #1756822
▪ Using the “multiple words” experimental design of Music Lab (Salganik, Dodds, Watts, 2006), we explore whether arbitrary & unpredictable correlations can occur between opposing political identities & beliefs/hobbies/lifestyles

Ongoing

 

 

Conduits to the Alt-Right – Lifestyles Drivers of Alt-Right Participation on Reddit
▪ In collaboration with Michael Macy and Lillian Lee
▪ Exploring self-selection vs. influence in populist community participation on Reddit (especially among alt-right members) – did future populists hold populist ideas when they joined Reddit, or were they radicalized over time?
▪ If users are radicalized over time, does the mechanism primarily involve participation in increasingly-radical segments of lifestyle communities (e.g. gaming), or in increasingly-radical political communities?

Ongoing

Tracking Critical-Mass Outbreaks in Social Contagion During the Arab Spring
▪ PI: Michael Macy, in collaboration with Christopher Cameron, Wei Dong, Tom Davidson, Minsu Park, Tony Sirianni, and Chris Browne.
▪ This project was funded by a MINERVA grant
▪ Determined if the start of and changes to the Egyptian Arab Spring can be predicted using the adoption rates and dynamic network properties of viral political hashtags on Twitter

 

 

Sept ‘16 – Dec ‘17

 

 

The Impact of Network Topology and the Navigation of Norms on Popularity on Reddit
▪ Undergraduate Thesis for the Rutgers University Sociology Honors Program, advised by Paul McLean
▪ Explored the interaction between network structure, norms, and popularity on the site, Reddit
▪ Observed differences in behavior between “one-hit wonder” and “celebrity” users
▪ Awarded the Henry Rutgers Scholar Award for the project

Sept ’12 – May ’13

 

 

The Ethnically Ambiguous Generation: Perceptions of Interracial Families in Television Commercials
▪ Undergraduate Research Assistant for Crystal Bedley and Catherine Lee
▪ Explored the presence of ethnically ambiguous roles in ads and their efficacy in targeting minorities
▪  Gathered and coded data on uncertainty in the perception of race and ethnicity in TV and online ads

Sept ’12 – May ’13

 

 

A Theme Analysis of Issues Reported by Adult Children of Alcoholics in Online Support Forums
▪ Undergraduate Research Assistant for Marie Haverfield and Jennifer Theiss
▪ Identified and coded types of support in an online community for adult children of alcoholics (ACoAs)
▪ Found that ACoAs often expressed support in terms of solidarity – often focusing on seven themes (e.g. problems with romantic relationships, low self-esteem, or lack of a connection with one's inner-child)

Sept ’11 – Dec ’11

 


Other Experience

Computational Social Science Reading Group (Co-founder), Ithaca, NY

Cornell University LGBTQ Resource Center Mentorship Program (Mentor), Ithaca, NY

Summer School Series on Methods for Computational Social Science, Sardinia, Italy

Sept ‘18 – Present

Sept ‘18 – Present

Jul '17


Honors and Awards

Cornell University
▪ NSF Award #1756822 (PI: Michael Macy): Testing Unpredictability with Multiple Worlds
▪ NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Award (2017-Present)
▪ Information Science Fellowship (2016-2017)

Rutgers University
▪ Graduated Summa Cum Laude
▪ Henry Rutgers Scholar Award (2013)
▪ Sociology Honors Program (2012-2013)
▪ The School of Arts & Sciences Academic Excellence Award (2011-2013)


Skills

▪ Spoken Languages - English (native), Shanghainese (elementary), Japanese (elementary), Spanish (elementary)
▪ Programming Languages – Python, R, Scala
▪ Python Libraries – scikit-learn, SciPy, NumPy, pandas, PySpark, GraphFrames, Igraph, NetworkX, NLTK, matplotlib, seaborn, plotly
▪ Databases – PostgreSQL, MySQL, MongoDB, Google BigQuery
▪ Experimental Design
▪ Grant Writing Experience
▪ Amazon Mechanical Turk
▪ Network Visualization Suites – Gephi, Cytoscape, Pajek
▪ Survey Creation Suites – Qualtrics, Globalpark EFS, SelectSurvey.NET, SurveyMonkey