My work sits at the intersection of data science, sociology, language, and education research. My early research has focused on college admissions essays, and I plan to expand these findings and analyses into other social domains.

Though I have picked up many mentors along the way, my PhD experience was primarily advised by Mitchell Stevens along with anthony antonio and Ben Domingue.

My studies were supported financially and intellectually by the Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship (SIGF), Diversifying Academia and Recruiting Excellence (DARE) Fellowship, the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society Fellowship, the Institute in Critical Quantitative, Computational, and Mixed Methods (ICQCM) Spencer Scholar program, and the El Centro Graduate Scholars in Residence program.

Bio written in third person:

AJ Alvero is a computational social scientist at the University of Florida Department of Sociology, Criminology & Law. His primary interests are in in language, race/ethnicity, culture, and education. His current research uses computational techniques to analyze college admissions essays and model the social patterns within them. AJ’s future research plans include investigations into machine translation and multilingualism, social media and counter hate speech, and more investigations into educational systems using data science. Prior to entering academia, AJ was a high school teacher in Miami, FL.

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