Princess Sampson



I’m a first-year PhD student in computer science at the University of Pennsylvania, advised by Danaë Metaxa. My research areas include human-computer interaction and human-centered computing, with my broad interests situated in the justice-oriented mitigation of algorithmic harm. I study the construction and use of sociotechnical systems with lenses from Black feminism and queer of color critique.

Prior to starting my PhD program, I graduated from Spelman College with a B.S. in Computer Science. Additionally, I interned at Adobe Research, Etsy, and Amazon in software engineering and research scientist roles.

Current topics of interest: advertising systems, machine learning, algorithmic “fairness” and auditing, and tech-related pedagogical and policy interventions.

pdotsamp [at] seas [dot] upenn [dot] edu

collaborators & mentors

awards & honors

  • GEM Fellowship (2022)
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Spelman College (2022)
  • Upsilon Pi Epsilon, Spelman College (2021)


Aug 30, 2022 Started my PhD. Excited to be an inaugural student in the PennHCI lab. 🧑🏽‍💻