Grad Students

Alina Arseniev-Koehler

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Fields of Study

Computational social science; Culture and cognitionHealth and illness; Stigma; Media; Computational Text Analysis



Arseniev-Koehler, Alina and Jacob Foster. “Machine learning as a model for cultural learning: teaching an algorithm what it means to be fat.” Forthcoming in Sociological Methods & ResearchPreprint. Code and Python Tutorial on Word Embeddings.

Arseniev-Koehler, Alina, Susan Cochran, Vickie Mays, Kai-Wei Chang, and Jacob Foster. 2022. “Integrating topic modeling and word embedding to characterize violent deaths.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). 119(10):e2108801119. Link

Seamans, Marissa, Vickie Mays, Alina Arseniev-Koehler, and Susan Cochran. 2022. “Prevalence of prescription and illicit substances in the environment among suicides of non-poisoning means in the National Violent Death Reporting System 2003-2017.”  The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. DOI: 10.1080/00952990.2022.2053981. Epub ahead of print. 

Arseniev-Koehler, Alina, Jacob Foster, Vickie Mays, Kai-Wei Chang and Susan Cochran. 2021. “Aggression, escalation, and other latent themes in legal intervention deaths of non-Hispanic Black and White men: Results from the 2003-2017 NVDRS.” American Journal of Public Health. 111: S107-S115. Link

Boutyline, Andrei, Devin Cornell, and Alina Arseniev-Koehler. "All Roads Lead to Polenta: Cultural Attractors at the Junction of Public and Personal Culture." 2021. Sociological Forum. 36 (S1): 1419-1445. Link

Moreno, Megan A, Molly Adrian, Megan A Wilt, Adrienne Ton, Alina Arseniev-Koehler, Elizabeth McCauley, and Ann Vander Stoep. 2021. “Displayed Depression Symptoms on Facebook at Two Time Points: Content Analysis.” JMIR Formative Research. 5(5): e20179. Link.

Moreno, Megan, Alina Arseniev-Koehler, and Ellen Selkie. 2016 “Development and testing of a 3-item screening tool for Problematic Internet Use.” Journal of Pediatrics. 176: 167-172.

Arseniev-Koehler, Alina, Hedwig Lee, Tyler McCormick, and Megan Moreno. 2016. “#Pro-Ana: Pro-Eating Disorder Socialization on Twitter.” Journal of Adolescent Health. 58(6):659-664.

Moreno, Megan, Alina Arseniev-Koehler, Dana Litt, Dimitri Christakis. 2016. “Evaluating college students' displayed alcohol references on Facebook and Twitter.” Journal of Adolescent Health. 58(5): 527:532.

Pumper, Megan, Jason Mendoza, Alina Arseniev-Koehler, Matt Holm, Alan Waite, and Megan Moreno. 2015. “Using a Facebook Group as an Adjunct to a Pilot mHealth Physical Activity Intervention: A Mixed Methods Approach.” Studies of Health Technology Informatics. 219:97-101.

Book chapters:

Arseniev-Koehler, Alina and Jacob Foster. “Sociolinguistic Properties of Word Embeddings.” Forthcoming chapter in The Atlas of Language Analysis in Psychology, edited by Morteza Dehghani and Ryan L. Boyd. Guilford Press. Preprint.

Arseniev-Koehler, Alina, Laura Hooper, and Hedwig Lee. 2014. “Online Pro-Eating Disorder (Pro-ED) Activity.” Pp 553-563 in AM:STARs: Adolescent Medicine: State of the Art Reviews. Vol 25, Social Networking and New Technologies, edited by V. Strasberger and M. Moreno. American Academy of Pediatrics.

Peer-reviewed conference proceedings:

Ankith Uppunda, Susan Cochran, Jacob Foster, Alina Arseniev-Koehler, Vickie Mays and Kai-Wei Chang. 2021. "Adapting Coreference Resolution for Processing Violent Death Narratives.'' Pp 4553-4559 in Proceedings of the 2021 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (NAACL): Human Language TechnologiesPDF.

Larimore, Savannah, Ian Kennedy, Breon Haskett and Alina Arseniev-Koehler. 2021. "Reconsidering Annotator Disagreement about Racist Language: Noise or Signal?'' Pp 81-90 in Proceedings of the Ninth International Workshop on Natural Language Processing for Social Media. PDF.

Arseniev-Koehler, Alina, Sharon Mozgai, and Stefan Scherer. 2018. “What type of happiness are you looking for? A closer look at detecting depression.” 2018.  Pp 1-12 in Proceedings of the Fifth Workshop on Computational Linguistics and Clinical Psychology: From Keyboard to Clinic.

Work Under Review:

Arseniev-Koehler, Alina. “Theoretical foundations and limits of word embeddings: what types of cultural meaning can they capture?” R&R. Preprint.

Boutyline, Andrei, Alina Arseniev-Koehler, and Devin Cornell. “School, Studying, and Smarts: Gender Stereotypes and Education Across 80 Years of American Print Media, 1930-2009.” R&R. Preprint.

Best, Rachel and Alina Arseniev-Koehler. “Stigma's uneven decline: The social construction of disease in news media.” R&R. Preprint.

Grants and Awards

Best Dissertation-in-Progress Award from the American Sociological Association (ASA) Section on Mathematical Sociology, 2021

Dissertation Year Fellowship, UCLA Graduate Divison, 2021-2022

Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award from the American Sociological Association (ASA) Section on Mathematical Sociology, 2020

Graduate Summer Research Fellowship from the UCLA Bedari Kindness Institute, 2020

Computational Social Science Summer School on Multimedia Data Travel Grant from the GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, 2019

Diverse Intelligences Summer Institute (DISI) Fellow, 2018, 2019

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2017-2020

Graduate Research Mentorship Year-Long Award from UCLA, 2017-2018

Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Award from UCLA Graduate Divison, 2017 (declined)

Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Award from UCLA Graduate Divison, 2016

Howard B. Woolston Award for Academic Excellence from Univerrsity of Washington Dept. of Sociology, 2014

Mary Gates Research Scholar, 2014


Master's Committee: Jacob Foster and Abigail Saugy

Doctoral Committee: Jacob Foster, Jessica Collett, Morteza Dehghani and Omar Lizardo


BA in Sociology and minor in Statistics, University of Washington, 2014

MA in Sociology, University of California - Los Angeles, 2017

PhD in Sociology, University of California - Los Angeles, 2022