About me

Looking for summer internships 2020!

I’m a 3rd year PhD student at the University of Michigan’s School of Information. My research is broadly on computational social science and social computing aimed at building better online communities. Currently, I focus on making conversations in online communities more deliberative and insightful. Drawing from social psychology and political science theories, I design studies, both observational and experimental, to inform building online spaces that can facilitate quality cross-cutting political interactions. I’m advised by Ceren Budak and Paul Resnick.

Before starting my PhD, I worked at Doximity, a social network for medical professionals, as a data scientist for a few years. I have a Masters degree in Computer Science from Arizona State University where I worked with Huan Liu on detecting sarcasm. Before that, I completed my Bachelors degree in Computer Science from VIT University, India during which time I worked with Ponnurangam Kumaraguru at IIIT Delhi on detecting phishing attacks.

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What’s new?

  • December 2019: I just passed my candidacy exams on the topic Online Political Deliberation!
  • June 2019: Very happy to receive the Best Paper Award for our work on caste attitudes in marriage. Check out the paper. More excitingly, the work was also picked up by a few mainstream news agencies including The Times of India.
  • April 2019: Excited to have contributed to “Being Brown: South Asian Narratives of Brownness in South East Michigan”, an art installation. Check out the exhibit at the Hatcher Library Gallery this month!
  • April 2019: Full paper on factors that affect caste attitudes in India and the Indian diaspora in the US accepted at ICWSM’19!
  • February 2019: Confirmed, going to be working with Joyojeet Pal at Microsoft Research, Bengaluru during the summer!