Eni Mustafaraj

Photo: Bjeshkët e Nemuna (Albanian Alps)

Përshëndetje! (Hello!)

I am an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA, USA. Wellesley College is a women's liberal arts college, and I love teaching here, because I can contribute in educating the women who will change the face of computational technology. To learn about the courses I teach, visit the teaching page. I study web-based, socio-technical systems, and currently I'm interested in the problem of assessing the credibility of online sources. Visit the research page to learn more. During my time at Wellesley, I have been fortunate to work with a large number of extremely talented and creative Wellesley students. They are a constant inspiration.
Due to the current political situation, I feel it's important to state that I'm proud of being an immigrant (as there are several of my colleagues in the CS department). I came to the States in 2007, as you'll read in the about me page. Finally, extras.

I am in the editorial board of The Spoke, an Albright Institute faculty initiative. Please get in touch if you would like to contribute to The Spoke.

If you are a Wellesley student, who would like to chat about research, courses, books, project ideas, or anything else, please feel free to email me.

Department Photo

Commencement 2016. Some of the members of the CS department. From left to right: Brian Tjaden, Sohie Lee, Stella Kakavouli, Eni Mustafaraj, Takis Metaxas, Orit Shaer, Ben Wood, Scott Anderson.

News

Dec 7, 2018

The Daily Shot published an article about our Wikipedia edit-a-thon with WellesleyPlus.

Dec 6, 2018

I gave an invited lecture for the political student association, Agora..

Nov 11, 2018

New Medium blog story on our current research: Are Google's Top Stories Biased? It's Complicated.

Oct 30, 2018

A new piece on The Spoke, related to bias in AI: Is AI Sexist? Amazon's AI Recruiting Tool Didn't Like Women

Oct 4, 2018

Was a panelist for the new group of Women in Machine Learning and AI @ Boston/Cambridge.

Sep 23, 2018

Wrote a new Medium post: The information panels on Google and Facebook: Uncovering their blind spots .

July 1, 2018

Started my academic leave for the year 2018-2019.

June 29, 2018

Wellesley Cred-lab has joined the project Newspapers on Wikipedia, which was inspired by the results of our WebSci'18 paper.

What am I reading?

In December 2018:

The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth Book 3) by N. K. Jemisin

Democracy's Detectives: The Economics of Investigative Journalism by James Hamilton.

Best books I read in 2017.

What's in a word?

The Albanian greeting Përshëndetje has as root the word shëndet, which means health. The entire word: për-shëndet-je means: "to your health". I agree, it is a bit too formal, and also too long to say. My favorite one is the greeting: tungjatjeta, for short: tjeta (in Albanian, "je" is pronounced as "ye" in "yes"). It means may you live longer (t'u-ngjat-jeta). The greeting words in a language are an interesting window into a people's culture. As there are the hidden forces of pragmatics that lead to shortened forms such as "hi" or "ciao" or "allo".