About Me

I’m starting a PhD in Human Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon this fall!

I recently graduated with an M.S. in Computer Science from Georgia Tech where I also went for my B.S. While at Georgia Tech, I worked with Dr. Munmun De Choudhury in the Social Dynamics and Wellbeing Lab.

My research interests lie at the intersection of social computing, identity, and marginalized communities (in particular queer and fat communities).

I’m also interested in the politics of methods: which forms of knowledge production do different audiences value, and how can that inform method selection for effective advocacy?

We know that social media plays a critical role in the lives of LGBTQ+ people, but these platforms don’t work for everyone. By centering marginalized voices and studying social media, I hope to design better healthcare, social computing, and algorithmic systems through my research.

Research Interests: Social Computing, Wellbeing, Human-Computer Interaction, Computational Social Science, Marginalized Communities, LGBTQ+ Communities, Fat Studies, Anonymity & Self-Disclosure

Methods: Human-Centered Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Network Science, Interviewing, and Participatory Design

Ongoing work:

  1. Using online communities to characterize opioid misuse experiences
  2. Characterizing LGBTQ+ information seeking practices on Reddit
  3. Fat justice in online communities
  4. Housing justice in Atlanta

Hobbies: Running, Hiking, Vegetarian Cooking, and Punk Music

Publications

Daejin Choi, Steven A. Sumner, Kristin M. Holland, John Draper, Sean Murphy, Daniel A. Bowen, Marissa Zwald, Jing Wang, Royal Law, Jordan Taylor, Chaitanya Konjeti, Munmun De Choudhury. Development of a Machine Learning Model Using Multiple, Heterogeneous Data Sources to Estimate Weekly US Suicide Fatalities. (2020). JAMA Network Open. (Open Access Link)

Press

Recode, How researchers are using Reddit and Twitter data to forecast suicide rates, 2020

Industry Experience

EmployerRoleSemester
FacebookSoftware Engineer Intern (Natural Language Understanding on the Assistant Team in Facebook Reality Labs)Summer 2021
FacebookSoftware Engineer Intern (Messenger Business Ranking)Summer 2020
GoogleSoftware Engineer Intern (Dynamic Ad Insertion)Summer 2019
Systems & Technology ResearchIntern (Analysis & Decision Systems)Fall 2018
NASA JPLSystems Engineer Intern (Model-Based Systems Engineering)Summer 2018

Teaching Experience

UniversityCourse or EmployerRoleSemester
Georgia TechCS 3600: Intro to AITeaching AssistantSpring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021
Georgia TechCS 1100: Freshman Leap SeminarTeaching AssistantFall 2019
Georgia TechCenter for Academic SuccessTutorSpring 2017, Summer 2017,
Fall 2017, Spring 2018
Georgia TechCollege of ComputingTutorFall 2017

Talks & Panels

EventRoleDate
Georgia Tech
Career, Research, and Innovation Development Conference
PanelistFebruary 2021
Georgia Tech
Pride Alliance
Alumni Panel
PanelistSeptember 2020
Georgia Tech
CS + Social Good
Research for Social Good Panel
ModeratorMarch 2020
Georgia Tech
CS + Social Good
Research for Social Good Panel
ModeratorFebruary 2020
Georgia Tech
CS 1100
Alumni & Graduating Senior Panel
PanelistNovember 2019
Georgia Tech
CS + Social Good
Research for Social Good Panel
ModeratorNovember 2019
Georgia Tech
CS + Social Good
Research for Social Good Panel
ModeratorMarch 2019
Georgia Tech
Pride Alliance & CS + Social Good
LGBT+ at Google
ModeratorJanuary 2019
Georgia Tech
CS + Social Good
Diversity in Tech Panel
ModeratorApril 2018

CV

Updated CV (last edited March 2021)