Hi! I’m a PhD candidate in computer science and communication at Northwestern University, where I’m part of the Midwest Uncertainty Collective and advised by Professor Jessica Hullman. My research is in human-computer interaction. I create tools for engaging a wide range of stakeholders in reasoning about societal tradeoffs implicated by algorithmic systems. Specifically, I’ve spent much of the past few years thinking about how various stakeholders reason about differential privacy, including in the context of the 2020 U.S. Census.

During my PhD, I have been supported by an Advanced Cognitive Science Fellowship and a Data Science Fellowship. I have also been a visiting PhD student at Columbia University, advised by Professors Rachel Cummings, Elissa Redmiles, and Gabriel Kaptchuk. During Summer 2022 (now!), I’m interning at Microsoft Research, where my mentors are Drs. Jenn Wortman Vaughan and Hanna Wallach.

I also co-organize HCI+D’s PhD Book Club. We read books that help us think critically about technology and media. Please reach out if interested in joining!


priyankan [at] u.northwestern.edu
@priyakalot