Student Recruitment

I’m actively recruiting highly motivated students who are excited about working at the intersection of Computational Social Science, Natural Language Processing, Network Analysis, and Machine Learning. Students with both social and computational perspectives are particularly encouraged to apply.

Candidates should be self-motivated, passionate about research, interested in Computational Social Science and NLP, with strong programming and communication skills. If you are interested in working with me, send me an email with the following information: (1) your CV, (2) a copy of your transcripts, (3) a brief description of your research interests and experience(s), and (4) any publications (if available). Include “Prospective-PhD” in your email subject line. I will reach out to you if your research interests and background fit.

All prospective students are required to apply through Drexel's Ph.D. program and follow the guidelines stated here. If you want to work with me, mention my name as your potential advisor. Admitted Ph.D. students at Drexel are fully supported with an assistantship that covers their tuition, health insurance, and stipend. You can find more information here.


Current and Past Students:


  • Layla Bouzoubaa, Ph.D., Information Science, Drexel University (2021- Present)


  • Jessie Kou, B.Sc.'22. Statistics, UIUC (2021)

Leveraging Story-telling to Analyze People’s Moral Perception in Images vs. Texts


  • Kevin Redline, M.Sc.’21 Library and Information Science, UIUC (2021)

Leveraging Story-telling to Analyze People’s Moral Perception in Images vs. Texts


  • Junjie (Nick) Yue, M.Sc.’21 Information Management, UIUC (2021)

Leveraging Story-telling to Analyze People’s Moral Perception in Images vs. Texts


  • Farras Rivai, B.Sc.’23 Information Science, UIUC (2020-2021)

Using Computational Models to Extract Long-term Impact from Unstructured Texts


  • Tiffany Lu, B.Sc.’18 Actuarial Science and Economics and M.Sc.'21 Information Management, UIUC (2018-2021)

Evaluating and Extending Moral Foundation Dictionary, and

Temporal Analysis of Women Empowerment


  • Ikenna Akuba, B.Sc.’20 Econometrics, UIUC (2020)

Using Computational Models to Extract Long-term Impact from Unstructured Texts


  • Vaishnavi Myadam, B.Sc.’22 Statistics and Computer Science, UIUC (2020)

Using Computational Models to Extract Long-term Impact from Unstructured Texts


  • Lan Jiang, M.Sc.’20 Information Management, UIUC (2020)

Analyzing Structural Balance in Social Networks


  • Saumil Shah, M.Sc.’19 Information Management, UIUC (2019)

Leveraging Morality to Enhance Stance Prediction


  • Jessica Schmiederer, B.Sc.’18 Actuarial Science and Economics, UIUC (2018)

Evaluating and Extending Moral Foundation Dictionary