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I am a PhD student in Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, advised by Brendan O'Connor in the SLANG Lab. My research is in the domain of natural language processing and computational social science. In particular, I am interested in working on low-resource domains such as understudied languages or dialects, and in investigating questions about human storytelling in both spoken and written forms.


ProSPer: Probing Human and Neural Network Language Model Understanding of Spatial Perspective.
Tessa Masis, Carolyn Jane Anderson
Proceedings of the Fourth BlackboxNLP Workshop on Analyzing and Interpreting Neural Networks for NLP at EMNLP, 2021.

Can neural network language models learn spatial perspective from text alone?
Carolyn Jane Anderson, Tessa Masis
Paper presented at the Bridging AI and Cognitive Science (BAICS) workshop at ICLR, 2020.

The Poetics of Gender Devaluation in Homeric Heroism.
Tessa Masis
Paper accepted at the Scholarship for Undergraduate Literary Studies conference, 2020 (cancelled due to COVID-19).