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I am a Computational Linguist with specialization in social media analytics, and associated linguistic and socio-political issues. I have expertise in computational approaches for less commonly studied languages, with a strong specialization on Persian (Farsi, Dari, Tajik). I also have experience in Heritage Language analysis and pedagogy in Persian and Armenian.
I am currently a Principal Computational Linguist in the Human Language Technology Department at MITRE, a federally-funded non-profit research and development center, and Adjunct Faculty at the Communication, Culture and Technology department, at Georgetown University.
My current research focuses on ideology detection, and frame and narrative analysis. I have managed projects investigating Iranian blogs and Twitter --with emphasis on online community detection, language characteristics of social groups, language change and variation, and automatic topic and sentiment detection. I am also very interested in linguistically-informed NLP systems, especially in the domain of sentiment analysis and the identification and interpretation of Multi-Word Expressions and event analysis.
My theoretical linguistic research has focused on the study of complex predicates, the interface of syntax and semantics, and the definition of the word.
- currently doing a Graduate Certificate in Computational Social Science (2016 expected), George Mason University
- MA in Linguistics, University of Southern California
- BS in Physics, University of Southern California
- Western Armenian, Italian, Spanish (reading and basic conversation proficiency)
- Basic working knowledge of Arabic
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