Bio and image for Brendan O'Connor. Last updated Feb 2016.


Brendan O'Connor ( is an assistant professor in the College of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and works in the intersection of computational social science and natural language processing – studying how social factors influence language technologies, and how to better understand social trends with text analysis. For example, his research investigates racial bias in NLP technologies, political events reported in news, and opinions and slang in Twitter; his work has been featured in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. He received his PhD in 2014 from Carnegie Mellon University's Machine Learning Department, advised by Noah Smith, and has previously been a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science, and an intern with the Facebook Data Science team. He holds a BS/MS in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University.

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