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.

During 2017-2018, I was in the editorial board of The Spoke, an Albright Institute faculty initiative.

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

March 25, 2021

The Wellesley Spotlight interviewed me about disinformation and tech platforms. Read the two parts interview.

Nov 30, 2020

I will be one of the virtual chairs for the 15th ICWSM Conference, happening (virtually) on June 7-10, 2021.

Sep 26, 2020

I was invited to be the keynote speaker at the 3rd Internatonal Workshop FAccTRec on Responsible Recommendation at Recys 2020.

March 20, 2020

Wellesley Faculty got together to honor the class of 2020, after the abrupt end of the Spring semester, in this Zoom recording.

What am I reading?

In April 2021:

Blockchain Chicken Farm: And Other Stories of Tech in China's Countryside by Xiaowei Wang.

Surviving Autocracy by Masha Gessen.

No one is talking about this by Patricia Lockwood.

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".