About me

During my years of graduate school and after, I have made it a priority to mentor undergraduate and master students, be engaged in service for both my academic and university-wide communities.

Third person bio

Maarten Sap is an assistant professor in Carnegie Mellon University's Language Technologies Department (CMU LTI). His research focuses on making NLP systems socially intelligent, and understanding social inequality and bias in language. He has presented his work in top-tier NLP and AI conferences, receiving a best short paper nomination at ACL 2019 and a best paper award at the WeCNLP 2020 summit. His research has been covered in the New York Times, Forbes, Fortune, and Vox. Additionally, he and his team won the inaugural 2017 Amazon Alexa Prize, a social chatbot competition.
Before joining CMU, he was a postdoc/young investigator at the Allen Institute for AI (AI2) on project MOSAIC. He received his PhD from the University of Washington's Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering where he was advised by Yejin Choi and Noah Smith. In the past, he has interned at the Allen Institute for AI working on social commonsense reasoning, and at Microsoft Research working on deep learning models for understanding human cognition.


Michelle Ma (co-advised with Hannah Rashkin)2019 Fall - now
Xuhui Zhou (co-advised with Swabha Swayamdipta) 2019 Fall - now
Sam Gehman (co-advised with Suchin Gururangan) 2019 Fall - Summer 2020
Lanhao Wu (co-advised with Saadia Gabriel)2018 Winter - 2018 Spring
Kenta Takatsu2018 Summer - 2019 Winter
Zachary Horvitz (co-advised with Antoine Bosselut) 2018 Summer - 2019 Winter
Sarah Yu 2018 Spring
Boyan Li (co-advised with Saadia Gabriel)2018 Winter - 2018 Spring
Aishwarya Nirmal (co-advised with Tal August)2018 Winter - 2019 Spring
Amy Shah (co-advised with Elizabeth Clark)2017 Fall - 2018 Spring
Emily Allaway (co-advised with Hannah Rashkin)2017 Summer - 2018 Spring
Marcela Cindy Prasetio (co-advised with Hannah Rashkin)2016 Winter - 2017 Spring


Program Committee & Reviewing

I regularly review for our NLP conferences and workshops: Additionally, I've reviewed for several journals (in NLP and other fields):

Community & Service


I TA-ed the following courses at the University of Washington:
  • CSE 481: Natural Language Processing Capstone, Spring 2017
  • CSE 490U: Natural Language Processing, Spring 2016