Bailey Flanigan

she/her/herse-mail: bflaniga at andrew dot cmu dot edu ○ office: 6002 Gates

google scholardblp CV

I enjoy communicating my work and talking with students who want to learn more about computer science research. Please don't hesitate to reach out!


  • This year, myself and several other students are developing a seminar for first-year PhD students aimed at preparing students for the challenges of a PhD and fostering inclusion in computer science (course website). The materials for the course will be open-sourced ahead of the Fall 2021 semester. If you have questions, want to get involved, or would like access to the materials, send me an email.

  • Joint work with Paul Gölz, Anupam Gupta, and Ariel Procaccia on sortition, a form of representative democracy with randomly-chosen representatives, was accepted to NeurIPS2020


I'm a second year PhD Student in the Carnegie Mellon Computer Science Department, where I have the pleasure of being advised by Ariel Procaccia. I'm funded by the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation and the National Science Foundation.

Prior to joining CMU, I worked on research in economics, computer science, and public health in Princeton, Philadelphia, and the eastern cape of South Africa. I did my undergrad at UW-Madison, where I studied Biomedical Engineering and primarily researched cancer biology. While at Wisconsin, I became interested in global politics and law via work with Engineers without Borders and the Wisconsin Innocence Project.


The technical research areas I enjoy thinking about include learning-augmented online algorithms, game theory, and social choice theory. Real-world problems that I'm currently thinking about include social media-driven radicalization, mass incarceration and mechanisms of inequality in the criminal justice system, and the role of data possession in markets.

Papers & Presentations

Computer Science

Fair Sortition Made Transparent. Bailey Flanigan, Gregory Kehne, Ariel Procaccia. Under Submission. [Preprint] [Code]

Neutralizing Self-Selection Bias in Sampling for Sortition. Bailey Flanigan, Paul Gölz, Anupam Gupta, Ariel Procaccia. NeurIPS 2020. [arXiv] [Code]

The Pod People: Understanding Manipulation of Social Media Popularity via Reciprocity Abuse. Janith Weerasinghe*, Bailey Flanigan*, Aviel Stein, Damon McCoy, Rachel Greenstadt. WWW 2020. [Paper] [TechCrunch] [BuiltIn]

*indicates equal contribution

Cancer Biology

The Receptor Tyrosine Kinase AXL Mediates Nuclear Translocation of the Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor. Brand TM, Iida M, Corrigan KL, Braverman CM, Coan JP, Flanigan B, Stein AP, Salgia R, Rolff J, Kimple RJ, Wheeler DL. Science Signaling. 2017.

Understanding the Role of Tyrosine 1101 in the Nuclear Translocation of the Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor. Flanigan B, Iida M, Brand TM, Wheeler DL. Presentation at the AACR Annual Meeting. 2016.

Targeting the HER Family with Pan-HER Effectively Overcomes Resistance to Cetuximab. Iida M, Bahrar H, Brand TM, Pearson HE, Coan JP, Orbuch RA, Flanigan B, Swick AD, Prabakaran PJ, Lantto J, Horak ID, Kragh M, Salgia R, Kimple RJ, Wheeler DL. Molecular Cancer Therapeutics. 2016.

Adaptive Responses to Antibody Based Therapy. Rodems TS, Iida M, Brand TM, Pearson HE, Orbuch RA, Flanigan B, and Wheeler DL. Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology. 2016.


Research Intern at Google (Mountain View, CA) - Summer 2020

Hosted by Aranyak Mehta and D. Sivakumar

App Developer, Researcher at Philani Nonprofit (Zithulele, South Africa) - Summer 2019

Hosted by Karl Le Roux
(see CV for pre-2019)