TL;DR: PhD Candidate, Natural Language Processing, Computational Social Science, Language and Society, Language Variation, Facilitating Political Discourse

Hi, I am a PhD Candidate at the NLP and Society Lab at Utrecht University with Dong Nguyen. I study social phenomena via natural language processing (NLP) methods using (mostly) social media data. Previously, I completed my master’s and bachelor’s degree at RWTH Aachen University in computer science and mathematics respectively.

drawn Anna research

I am studying conversations. Questions I am interested in include: Do people talk in a, to them, specific style? How can style be measured? How does style or phrasing affect the course of a conversation? How does style correlate with “conversation quality”? What even is a good conversation? And many more …

Discourse topics I am especially interested in are those where the participating parties have conflicting interests. This can be topics like climate change, pensions or the corona virus.

Interested in doing a Bachelor’s or Master’s Thesis with me? Great. Please contact me via my uu mail. : )
Current topics I would find interesting to develop further with you are:


drawn Anna presents I will present our paper Does It Capture STEL? A Modular, Similarity-based Linguistic Style Evaluation Framework at EMNLP 2021. I presented our paper “Detecting Different Forms of Semantic Shift in Word Embeddings via Paradigmatic and Syntagmatic Association Changes” at the International Semantic Web Conference 2020. See the video here.


My PhD project is funded by EMMA and NWO. This is a collaboration with Dong Nguyen (UU), Kees van Deemter (UU), Tijs van den Broek and Bianca Beersma at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.