Saurabh Khanna

computational social scientist@stanford    create ↔ love ↔ resist


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Gates Computer Science

Stanford, CA, USA

I am a PhD candidate in education policy (minoring in computer science), a human-centered AI fellow, a stanford data science scholar, and a William R and Sara Hart Kimball Fellow at Stanford University. My background spans computer science engineering (BS@BITS Pilani), economics (MA@Stanford), and education (MA@TISS).

I study the diversity of information on the internet and its implications for open scientific inquiry. In current times of accelerating information overload, I estimate (in)completeness in information consumed by humans on the internet. I then build on these estimates to study the implications of consuming incomplete information on human behavior (such as our openness to dissent). In this regard, I am building Sonder – an open-source web search platform that dynamically quantifies how much information we miss out on with every search query. My interests around information diversity and open science extend to recent work on information warfare during the Russo-Ukrainian War with Prof Alex Pentland and Prof Erik Brynjolfsson at the MIT Media Lab and the Stanford Digital Economy Lab, as well as investigating an under-representation of Global South research in mainstream scientometric indexes with the Public Knowledge Project.

Another aspect of my research is focused on social and economic networks and their interplay with human development indicators in the context of developing nations. I am actively working with Prof Prashant Loyalka on investigating segregation in college (by affirmative action categories) in both student-student and faculty-student social networks, and with Prof Susan Athey on tackling misinformation and COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in the developing world. More on these and other current projects here.

I am equally fond of exploring unorthodox films from diverse cultures, evening chai breaks, and playing sidekick to this angel.



Oct 3, 2022 Preprint analyzing geographic, linguistic, and disciplinary bibliodiversity released. More here.
Sep 12, 2022 Fellowship awarded at The Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI. More here.