Jessie Finocchiaro

NSF Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellow, CRCS Fellow


Room 2.101

150 Western Ave

Allston, MA 02134

Hi, I’m Jessie! (Pronouns: she/her; pronounced: Jeh-see Fin-uh-car-oh)

I am an incoming Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Boston College, starting Sept 2024. Currently, I am a National Science Foundation Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellow and CRCS Fellow at Harvard University, hosted by Dr. Yiling Chen. I also collaborate with Teamcore, led by Dr. Milind Tambe.

I graduated from the CS Theory group at CU Boulder, working with Dr. Rafael Frongillo. In general, my research interests intersect Theoretical Machine Learning, Algorithmic Game Theory, and Computational Economics. In particular, I am interested in understanding the design and impacts of objective function design in prediction and optimization tasks. Previously, I was a 2019 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow.

I’m happy to chat about careers in research and my experience as a PhD student and postdoc. However, I sadly cannot meet with everyone who emails me; if we’re not already acquainted, please add “Marshfield” to the subject line and please add a few words about why you’re emailing me in particular.


Apr 10, 2024 Yiling’s and my paper on the robustness of voting to external information is available on arXiv.
Apr 01, 2024 Projects on understanding the effects of fairness regularizers and participatory objective design – the latter with Ali Shirali and Rediet Abebe – accepted to FAccT!
Mar 15, 2024 I have accepted a job offer at Boston College. If you’re a BC student interested in my work, please reach out!

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