About me

Hello!! I’m Shreya, a second year PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania, where I currently work with Penn NLP and the World Well Being Project. I am advised by Lyle Ungar and Eric Wong.

Previously, I attended the University of Southern California (Fight On!!) where I received a B.S. in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics. During my time at USC, I worked with Morteza Dehghani at the Morality and Language Lab (formerly the Computational Social Science Lab).

My work is focused on explainability within multilingual NLP and understanding how cultural dimensions are reflected in language. I am interested in creating culturally-aware explanation methods for multilingual models as well as using large language models as a tool to empirically investigate cultural differences. My research is supported by the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

I am currently working on:

  • Explaining multicultural differences in politeness by analyzing conversations between Wikipedia editors from different countries
  • Investigating whether multilingual LMs reflect the cultural norms of emotional expression
  • Analyzing how Twitter reflects the differences in individualism/collectivism across the United States and globally

Outside of academia, I like to cook, run, and ask strangers if I can pet their dogs. Please reach out if you want to chat about my research, the NSF GRFP, or the PhD application process!