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
- Danaë Metaxa, PhD advisor at Penn
- Jane Hoffswell, mentor at Adobe Research
- Jaye Nias, PI at Spelman College
- Wallace Derricotte, PI at Morehouse College
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. 🧑🏽💻|