Karine Megerdoomian


Adjunct Faculty - Communication, Culture, and Technology (CCT)
Adjunct Professor


Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
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Wednesdays @ 4pm or by appointment (Summer 2016 only)


Karine is a Principal Computational Linguist at the MITRE Corporation, a federally-funded research and development center, specializing in the processing of Middle Eastern languages and social media analytics. Karine's current research focuses on the relationship between language in online media (blogs, Twitter) and associated socio-political issues -- with emphasis on online community detection, language characteristics of social groups, language change and variation, sentiment analysis, and automatic framing and narrative analysis.

She has years of experience in research and development in the areas of machine translation, information extraction, and lexical semantics. Karine's linguistic research has focused on the study of complex predicates, the interface of syntax and semantics, and the definition of the word. She also has experience in Heritage Language analysis and pedagogy in Persian and Armenian.


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  • PhD (2002) University of Southern California, Linguistics
  • MA (1995) University of Southern California, Linguistics
  • BS (1991) University of Southern California, Physics


  • Armenian (speak, read, write)
  • French (speak, read, write)
  • Italian (speak, read)
  • Persian (speak, read, write)
  • Spanish (read)