Bolded = peer reviewed

Selected publications

N. Gillani, D. Beeferman, C. Vega-Pourheydarian, C. Overney, P. Van Hentenryck, D. Roy (2023).  Redrawing attendance boundaries to promote racial and ethnic diversity in elementary schoolsEducational Researcher.

N. Gillani (2023).  ChatGPT Isn’t the Only Way to Use AI in EducationWIRED.

N. Gillani, E. Chu, D. Beeferman, R. Eynon, D. Roy (2021).  Parents' online school reviews reflect several racial and socioeconomic disparities in K-12 educationAERA Open, 7(1): 1-16.

N. Gillani, D. Roy (2022).  The Internet Needs You-Are-Here MapsWIRED.

N. Gillani*, A. Yuan*, M. Saveski, S. Vosoughi, D. Roy (2018).  Me, My Echo Chamber, and I: Introspection on Social Media PolarizationProceedings of the 27th International Conference on the World Wide Web (WWW ‘18), Lyon, France. Honorable mention for best paper.


inclusive Education

M. Landry, N. Gillani (2024).  Merging public elementary schools to reduce racial/ethnic segregation.  Extended abstract and invited oral presentation at the 2024 International Conference on Computational Social Science (IC2S2).  

N. Gillani*, T. Simko*, K. Chandra (2024).  Race or SES?  Estimating the impacts of different policy objectives on K-12 school integration.  Extended abstract and invited oral presentation at the 2024 International Conference on Computational Social Science (IC2S2).  

N. Gillani, C. Overney, C. Schuch, K. Chandra (2023).  Fostering More Integrated Schools Through Community-Driven, Machine-Informed Rezoning.  Essay for the American Institutes of Research, Integration and Equity 2.0: New Approaches for a New Era.

K. Zhu, N. Gillani, P. Van Hentenryck (2023).  Impacts of Differential Privacy on Fostering more Racially and Ethnically Diverse Elementary Schools.  Extended abstract and invited oral presentation at the 2023 International Conference on Computational Social Science (IC2S2).  

K. Chandra, F. Pantano, G. Bikhazi, N. Gillani (2023).  Byte-Sized Justice: Supporting School Desegregation Policymaking with Algorithmic Redistricting.  Extended abstract and poster at the 2023 International Conference on Computational Social Science (IC2S2).  

N. Gillani*, D. Beeferman*, C. Overney, C. Vega-Pourheydarian, D. Roy (2023).  All a-board: sharing educational data science research with school districts.  In Proceedings of the Tenth ACM Conference on Learning @ Scale (L@S '23).

N. Gillani, D. Beeferman, C. Vega-Pourheydarian, C. Overney, P. Van Hentenryck, D. Roy (2023).  Redrawing attendance boundaries to promote racial and ethnic diversity in elementary schoolsEducational Researcher.

N. Gillani (2023).  ChatGPT Isn’t the Only Way to Use AI in EducationWIRED.

N. Gillani, R. Eynon (2023).  Understanding and improving social factors in education: a computational social science approach.  Forthcoming in: T. Yasseri (Ed.), Handbook of Computational Social Science. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.

N. Gillani, R. Eynon, C. Chiabaut, K. Finkel (2023).  Unpacking the “Black Box” of AI in K12 education. Educational Technology & Society, 26(1): 99-111.

N. Gillani, E. Chu, D. Beeferman, R. Eynon, D. Roy (2021).  Parents' online school reviews reflect several racial and socioeconomic disparities in K-12 educationAERA Open, 7(1): 1-16.

A. Yuan*, N. Gillani* (2017). Championing a spirit of genuine inquiry to combat social fragmentation. Invited paper at “Re-examining the meaning of education in an uncertain world”, Oxford Comparative and International Education, Oxford, UK.

R. Eynon, I. Hjorth, T. Yasseri, N. Gillani (2016).  Understanding Communication Patterns in MOOCs:  Combining Data Mining and Qualitative MethodsData Mining and Learning Analytics: Applications in Educational Research

N. Gillani, R. Eynon (2014). Communication Patterns in Massively Open Online Courses. The Internet and Higher Ed., 23, 18-26.

N. Gillani, T. Yasseri, R. Eynon, I. Hjorth (2014). Structural limitations of learning in a crowd: communication vulnerability and information diffusion in MOOCs. Scientific Reports, 4, 6447.

R. Eynon, I. Hjorth, N. Gillani, T. Yasseri (2014). ‘Vote Me Up If You Like My Ideas!’ Experiences of Learning in a MOOC. 2014 ICA Pre-conference working paper: Innovation in Higher Education: Building a Better Future?

N. Gillani, R. Eynon, M. Osborne, I. Hjorth, S. Roberts (2014). Communication Communities in MOOCs. Poster at the 2014 KDD Workshop on Data Mining for Educational Assessment and Feedback.

Z. Nurmohamed, N. Gillani, M. Lenox (2013). A New Use for MOOCs:  Real-World Problem Solving.  Harvard Business Review.

N. Gillani (2013).  MOOC-Sourcing for Social Good.  Stanford Social Innovation Review.


Works in progress

H. Guan, N. Gillani, T. Simko, J. Mangat, P. Van Hentenryck.  Redistricting with choice models to support school desegregation policymaking.  Under review.

C. Overney, C. Moe, A. Chang, N. GillaniBoundarEase: fostering constructive community engagement to inform more equitable student assignment policiesRevise and resubmit.

K. Zhu, N. Gillani, P. Van Hentenryck.  Impacts of Differential Privacy on Fostering more Racially and Ethnically Diverse Elementary SchoolsWorking paper.  

C. Overney, C. Vega-Pourheydarian, M. Mitchell, W. Hall, N. Gillani, D. Roy.  Voice Your Choice: Creating a Community Engagement Process for New Magnet Programs in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Working paper.

B. Saldias*, N. Gillani*, S. Priscilla-Makini*, M. Hughes*, D. Roy.  Designing conversational technology to support school counseling-related activities. Working paper.


Mindful Media Consumption and Sharing

D. Beeferman, A. Chang-Lee, T. Simko, N. Gillani (2024).  Quantifying Issue Attention in City Council Meetings.  Extended abstract and invited oral presentation at the 2024 International Conference on Computational Social Science (IC2S2).  

D. Beeferman and N. Gillani (2023).  FeedbackMap:  a tool for making sense of open-ended survey responses.  In Companion Proceedings of the 2023 Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing: Demos Track (CSCW ’23 Companion).

S. Fulay, N. Gillani, D. Roy (2023). Divergences in Following Patterns between Influential Twitter Users and their Audiences Across Dimensions of Identity.  Forthcoming Poster in Proceedings of the International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM '23).

N. Gillani, D. Roy (2022).  The Internet Needs You-Are-Here MapsWIRED.

M. Saveski*, N. Gillani*, P. Vijayaraghavan, A. Yuan, D. Roy (2022).  Perspective-taking to reduce affective polarization on social mediaProceedings of the International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM '22).

E. Chu*, N. Gillani*, and S. Priscilla Makini (2020). Games for Fairness and Interpretability. Proceedings of The Web Conference 2020 (WWW ‘20), Workshop on Data Science for Social Good.

N. Gillani, R. Levy (2019).  Simple dynamic word embeddings to map perceptions in the public sphereProceedings of the Third Workshop on Natural Language Processing and Computational Social Science, NAACL 2019.

N. Gillani*, A. Yuan*, M. Saveski, S. Vosoughi, D. Roy (2018).  Me, My Echo Chamber, and I: Introspection on Social Media PolarizationProceedings of the 27th International Conference on the World Wide Web (WWW ‘18), Lyon, France. Honorable mention for best paper.


Works in progress

X. Guo*, N. Potnis*, M. Yu, N. Gillani, S. Vosoughi.  The Computational Anatomy of Humility: Modeling Intellectual Humility in Online Public Discourse.  Under review.


Theses and other publications

N. Gillani (2021). Designing for a new "ZIP code destiny". Massachusetts Institute of Technology, PhD, Media Arts and Sciences.

N. Gillani (2014). Uncovering latent features in massive open online courses. University of Oxford, Master's by Research, Department of Engineering.

N. Gillani (2013). Learner communications in massively open online courses. University of Oxford, MS.c., Department of Education.

N. Gillani (2012). Joint Assessment and Restoration of Power Systems. Brown University, Undergraduate Honors Thesis.

P. Van Hentenryck, N. Gillani, C. Coffrin (2012).  Joint Assessment and Restoration of Power SystemsProceedings of the European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI), France, 792-797.


* Denotes contributions of equal importance