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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.

Research

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.

Education

    - PhD in Linguistics (2002), University of Southern California
    - 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

Languages

    - Persian, Eastern Armenian, English, French (native/near-native)
    - Western Armenian, Italian, Spanish (reading and basic conversation proficiency)
    - Basic working knowledge of Arabic

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