Bailey Flanigan (she/her)

I'm a fifth-year PhD student in the CMU Computer Science Department. I have the pleasure of being advised by Ariel Procaccia. I am funded by a Fannie and John Hertz Fellowship, an NSF GRFP, and a Siebel Scholarship.

I am on the academic job market this fall, applying for tenure-track faculty jobs at CS, OR, and interdisciplinary programs. You can find my CV here.


Paul Gölz, Ariel Procaccia, and I wrote an essay, published through the Harvard Ash Center, about considerations for designing the randomness in sortition: Mini-Public Selection: Ask What Randomness Can Do For You.

I have a few new working papers up:

I also recently posted significantly updated versions of two working papers, with new results: Toward accounting for stakes in voting and Smoothed analysis of social choice, revisited

About me

Research. I do computer science research motivated by the goal of making democratic processes more equitable and more effective — two goals I believe are, in many contexts, one in the same. I usually work with theoretical models and tools from social choice, AGT, and algorithms, but I work hard to make sure my work incorporates input from practitioners and research from other disciplines, especially political science. 

Before coming to CMU, I did my BS in biomedical engineering at UW-Madison, where I primarily researched cancer biology. Afterwards, I spent a few years doing research in economics (Yale), computer science (Drexel), and public health (Philani Nonprofit in South Africa). 

Teaching. Within and outside of research, I am passionate about inclusive teaching and mentoring. During my PhD, I led the CS-JEDI project, which entailed the creation of CMU's introductory DEI course for first-year PhD students. Its curriculum is open-sourced and designed to be adaptable to new settings. For details, see the CS-JEDI Project page. For additional resources (some related to teaching and mentoring), see the Resources page. 

Funding. I am funded by a Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Fellowship and an NSF GRFP.

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


e-mail bflaniga at andrew dot cmu dot edu 

office 6002 Gates-Hillman Center (CMU) 

         5.449 Science and Engineering Complex (Harvard)

links google scholar, dblp, CV