Clara Na

Hello! I am a 1st year PhD student at Carnegie Mellon University’s Language Technologies Institute, where I am advised by Emma Strubell and supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

Before coming to CMU, I earned a BA in Computer Science and Mathematics at the University of Virginia. I began my research journey at UVA looking for “subtractive” design in patents with Katelyn Stenger and Leidy Klotz. My NLP origin story involves my half-baked bilingualism, a data science internship at the Washington Post, and some generous mentorship from Yangfeng Ji.

I am still figuring out my research interests, but I am broadly interested in language, information, and impacts and applications of language technologies.

Misc: I was born and raised in northern Virginia (NoVA). My middle name is 선우 (Seon-Woo) – I am a second generation Korean American. I have a younger brother who is an undergrad here at CMU. In my spare time I like playing piano (especially with other people) and running. Please reach out if you know where a non-music major at CMU can access an acoustic piano. I am struggling on this front, so in the meantime I will be working on my violin and ukulele skills.


Aug 2021 Started grad school!
Mar 2021 Awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!