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Nabeel Gillani

Nabeel is an Assistant Professor of Design and Data Analysis jointly appointed with the D’Amore-McKim School of Business and the College of Arts, Media and Design at Northeastern University. His research interests involve using tools from computation and design to foster pluralism—an inclusive response to diversity in society—in ways that promote educational, economic, and social inclusion. More specifically, he seeks to apply methods from machine learning, data science, and design to build bridges across segregated spaces like: 1) echo chambers and empathy gaps on social media, and 2) educational inequalities stemming from segregated schools and neighborhoods. Read more about his research on his group’s webpage:

Nabeel received his PhD from the MIT Media Lab. Prior to graduate school, he worked on the product and analytics teams at Khan Academy. He studied Applied Math and Computer Science at Brown University as an undergrad, and received master’s degrees in Education and Machine Learning at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.


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  • PhD, Media Arts and Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Msc by Research, Machine Learning, University of Oxford
  • Msc, Education (Learning and Technology), University of Oxford