Hello! I’m Kat, an NSF CSGrad4US fellow and CS PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania.

I’m interested in a combination of theoretical (micro-econ/CS) topics like persuasion, information design, and learning as well as empirical work like social network analysis. More concretely, I’m currently working on projects that involve

  • Theoretical modeling of user behavior in recommender systems
  • Quantitatively investigating the proliferation of everyday auditing on social networks.

Before my time as a CS PhD student, from August 2021 to August 2023, I worked as a full time researcher for Dr. Anna Costello at UChicago. Check out the pre-print of our paper on arxiv! I received a B.A. with majors in statistics and economics from UC Berkeley in May 2021 where I wrote my senior thesis about user-algorithm interactions using hashtags on TikTok.

In my free time, I like to try to spot opossums around my campus, try new teas, and participate in various media fandoms online.

You can reach me at my UPenn email: mySurname at seas.upenn.edu or check out my Twitter/Bluesky where I frequently opossum post.