Lelia Hampton

Graduate Student

Lelia (lee-luh) Hampton is a first year Ph.D. student in Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research interests are AI and ethics, AI safety (i.e. distributional shift), human-centered AI, computational social science, computational sustainability, user experience of marginalized groups, and non-Euclidean optimization. She is an MIT Presidential Fellow and Alfred P. Sloan Scholar, and she has received honorable mention for the Ford Foundation Fellowship. Lelia earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Summa Cum Laude, with minors in comparative women's studies and mathematics from Spelman College (Class of 2020) where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. During undergrad, she interned at the MIT Media Lab, Microsoft Research, Georgia Tech Research Institute, and NASA. She has been a passionate volunteer and mentor for students from underrepresented minorities through her work in computer science teaching and mentoring programs, including Black Girls CODE, Georgia Tech Catalyst, CodeHouse, and the Executive Board of MIT's Graduate Application Assistance Program (GAAP). Lelia uses they/them pronouns.