Can the data speak for itself?
What is the focus of your research? What sort of knowledge and disciplines does it bring together? How can it make an impact?
My research is focused on how language shapes perceptions of evidence in scientific controversy. I work with Professor Graham M. Jones in the Language and Technology Lab on sociolinguistic and computational techniques that take a more expansive view of how the credibility of information is negotiated in online spaces like Twitter. This carries social and cultural implications for how truth and reality are constructed in the public sphere, especially within volatile information ecologies on social media. So far, this work has involved an exciting amalgamation of linguistic anthropology and machine learning methods, and I’ve personally found the task of learning to translate between these two fields to be an energizing and generative one.
Why did you choose to come to TPP?
What are some favorite things about the MIT and TPP communities?
It’s of course the people. It’s exciting to be part of a community with such a strong culture of building and imagining new paths forward.