I am a computer science graduate student at the University of Colorado, Boulder. My interests lie within computational social science; more specifically, I study how gender, institutional prestige, and other factors affect faculty career outcomes. I am a member of Aaron Clauset's research group. Previously, I was employed for two years as a data scientist at Lytics in Portland, OR. Before that I studied physics at Reed College and was advised by Joel Franklin. I'm proud to be a woman in STEM. At Reed, I co-founded a group called "STEMfemmes". When I'm not at work, I like riding my bike and trying new recipes.
AUG 2019 • Spent the summer at the New York Times. I'll be in Melbourne, AUS to talk at an epistemology workshop in early September, and Atlanta, GA for a conference on science and innovation policy in October.
MAY 2019 • I picked up my Master of Science in Computer Science this semester And our paper was published in PNAS!
FEB 2019 • I'll be presenting new work analyzing retention, promotion, and attrition in academia using digital trace data at NetSci 2019 in May. I was invited to discuss work with Dan Larremore, Samuel Way, and Aaron Clauset on prestige with the Society of Young Network Scientists.
JAN 2019 • I accepted an offer from the NYT to be an intern on their Data & Insights Group this summer! Also, a short description of our paper was featured in Scientific American. McKenzie Weller won CU Boulder's Center for Research Data & Digital Scholarship Data Visualization Contest! The visualization was inspired by our recent research.
OCT 2018 • Our paper was published in EPJ Data Science! We did an short interview about the piece on the Washington Post's Monkey Cage. I'll be presenting some preliminary results from a survey of CS faculty at the Rocky Mountain Celebration of Women in Computing next month. (Update: I received an Honorable Mention Award for Best Presentation! )
AUG 2018 • We wrapped up CU Boulder's SICSS. Here are our teaching materials, and (soon) our review of how it went. Our paper ("Automatically assembling a full census of an academic field") was published in PLOS One.
MAY 2018 • I'm co-organizing a satellite of the Summer Institute for Computational Social Science (SICSS) in Boulder this August. I successfully defended my preliminary exam and finished my second year of grad school!
APR 2018 • I was awarded the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship!
MAR 2018 • Aaron Clauset presented our work at CompleNet 2018. Our paper was accepted as a talk for the workshop on Demographic Research in the Digital Age (part of PAA) this April. I will be presenting our research at IC2S2 this July. I will be attending the Santa Fe Institute's Complex Systems Summer School this June.
FEB 2018 • This semester I am taking a software engineering class. My weekly essays can be found here.
DEC 2017 • I organized a cookie competition on campus. Unfortunately, I did not win any of the prizes. But I did learn how to make these cool plots!
NOV 2017 • We contributed a letter to the editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education called "More Inclusive Scholarship Begins With Active Experimentation".
AUG 2017 • Started year two!
MAY 2017 • I finished my first year of grad school!
MAR 2017 • Our abstract, "Modeling the Spread of Research Areas in the Computer Science Faculty Hiring Network" was accepted as a talk at NetSci. I will be attending the Russell Sage Foundation's "Summer Institute in Computational Social Science" hosted at Princeton.
FEB 2017 • Sam Way will be presenting our paper, "The misleading narrative of the canonical faculty productivity trajectory" at ICWSM.