Shira Wein

Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Amherst College

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I am a computer science teacher and researcher, investigating how meaning is constructed in various human languages.

I am an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science department of Amherst College, since fall 2024. Before starting my new position at Amherst, I received my Ph.D. in Computer Science from Georgetown University, where I was the recipient of a Clare Boothe Luce scholarship.

My research is in the area of natural language processing and I am specifically interested in computational semantics, multilingual datasets, and model evaluation practices. I have previously completed research at Google, the University of Southern California, and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In addition to research, I am passionate about teaching courses across the computer science curriculum and mentoring undergraduates.


  • (May 2024) Graduation!
  • (May 2024) I was awarded the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award from the Georgetown Computer Science Department.
  • (April 2024) I was awarded Georgetown's Dr. Karen Gale Exceptional PhD Student Award.
  • (March 2024) I attended EACL in Malta and presented two papers, one on translationese reduction and one on evaluating interpretation data.
  • (February 2024) I have received the AAAI/ACM SIGAI New and Future AI Educator Award and am giving a talk at EAAI (co-located with AAAI, in Vancouver, Canada).
  • (February 2024) I successfully defended my dissertation and am officially Dr. Shira Wein!
  • (January 2024) I have two papers accepted to EACL– one at the main conference and one in Findings.
  • (November 2023) I have an article accepted in Computational Linguistics on the cross-lingual utility of Abstract Meaning Representation.


E-mail: swein AT amherst DOT edu


Recent Research Highlights

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