Hello, friend.

Lucy Li hugging a giant trolley

I'm a PhD student at UC Berkeley's School of Information and BAIR, working on natural language processing (NLP) and computational social science. I'm supported by a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and advised by David Bamman.

Katie Keith and I have a podcast, Diaries of Social Data Research, where we chat with researchers on the process behind interdisciplinary papers.

Here's my CV, which also happens to have a slightly chronological, non-exhaustive list of people who took a leap of faith to support, teach, and guide me in computing research.

I've previously worked/interned at Stanford, EPFL, and Microsoft Research.

Pronouns: she/her


I'm interested in computational sociolinguistics and NLP for addressing social scientific questions.

How do people talk about other people?
People are people-centric, and much of what they say focuses on others. I use NLP methods to quantify the discussion of individuals and social groups in text, especially narratives.

What's in the long tail of the English language?
Social media is filled with communities that use distinctive language, such as innovative or unique words and meanings. I'm mapping out digital linguistic landscapes and looking at how they evolve over time.


I publish with my name backwards, so citations should refer to "L. Lucy". I do this because my last name is one of the most common in the world, researchers are often recognized and remembered by last name, and computer vision researcher Fei-Fei Li does this, too. More thoughts from others about names and academia, here.

* = equal contribution

Characterizing English Variation across Social Media Communities with BERT
Li Lucy, David Bamman.
TACL 2021.
Paper. Code.

Gender and Representation Bias in GPT-3 Generated Stories
Li Lucy, David Bamman.
Narrative Understanding Workshop @ NAACL 2021.
Paper. Code.

Content Analysis of Textbooks via Natural Language Processing: Findings on Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in Texas U.S. History Textbooks
Li Lucy*, Dora Demszky*, Patricia Bromley, Dan Jurafsky.
AERA Open 2020.
Best Paper Award. Paper. Code. Slides.

Using sentiment induction to understand variation in gendered online communities.
Li Lucy, Julia Mendelsohn.
SCiL 2019.
Paper. Poster.

Are distributional representations ready for the real world? Evaluating word vectors for grounded perceptual meaning.
Li Lucy, Jon Gauthier.
RoboNLP Workshop @ ACL 2017.
Paper. Poster.


Here's some Bay Area photos.

I'm a picky plant collector.

My friend's cat, Coco, would like some more Instagram followers: link.

Here are some Medium posts about NLP pedagogy.