Katherine A. Keith

I am a final-year PhD student in the College of Information and Computer Sciences working with Brendan O'Connor and the SLANG lab at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

I am excited to announce I am joining Williams College as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2022. Starting in September, I will be in Seattle working with AI2 and their Semantic Scholar Team as a Young Investigator. I am grateful to have been supported by a Bloomberg Data Science PhD Fellowship 2019-2021.

My research is in the domain of social data science, answering questions about human behavior through quantitative analysis of large-scale data. I focus on methods and applications with text data because language is one of the richest and most salient expressions of human thought and behavior. This work is closely aligned to the fields of computational social science and text-as-data.

My research expands methods in machine learning and natural language processing to social data science goals including: obtaining quantifiable social measurements from text data, aggregating said measurements in a statistically rigorous manner, and improving causal estimations from text. I also apply these methods to applications such as extracting macro-social measures from newspapers and studying the language of economic decision making.

Amherst, Massachusetts, USA

kkeith (at) cs (dot) umass (dot) edu

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