Hello, world! I’m Jana (pronounced /dʒænə/): a PhD student in Information Science at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), where I’m co-advised by Ted Underwood and Zoe LeBlanc.

As a computational social scientist, I leverage computational research methods to generate evidence-based insights on socially important trends and issues. Much of the time, my work is in natural language processing, machine learning, and cultural analytics.

  • I’m an award-winning scholar whose research has been federally funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) since 2019, when I was pursuing a Master’s degree at McGill University.
  • I’m the developer of Airtime, an open source Python-based project management tool that uses natural language processing to help foster more genuinely collaborative work environments.
  • I’m the founder of Women of Letters, an initiative that’s creating spaces for women’s stories to be seen, celebrated, and shared.
  • I’m co-authoring a book with Miranda Dunham-Hickman that will be published by Routledge.
  • As a Croatian-Canadian studying in the U.S., I divide my time among the three countries. You can get in touch with me here and learn more about the kinds of projects I’m interested in taking on here.

    News and updates:

  • July 2023: Published Airtime, an open source Python-based project management tool
  • July 2023: Awarded sponsorship to attend a week-long software engineering bootcamp at Princeton University
  • June 2023: Overseas for the month (🇭🇷+🇧🇦+🇮🇹)
  • June 2023: Published our first Women of Letters interview
  • Apr. 2023: Awarded a Fall 2023 Career Exploration Fellowship from the University of Illinois Graduate College
  • Apr. 2023: Featured in an interview with the McGill Faculty of Arts
  • Mar. 2023: Selected as a mentee for the Bayer Crop Science University Mentoring Program
  • Feb. 2023: Launched the website for Women of Letters
  • Jan. 2023: Awarded a Graduate Scholarship from the University of Illinois
  • Jan. 2023: Published Context is king: A prediction about the future of ChatGPT and other AI chatbots
  • Nov. 2022: Signed a book contract with Routledge
  • Oct. 2022: Published a pre-registration for a current project on scholarly writing in the humanities
  • Sep. 2022: Awarded a Graduate Scholarship from the University of Illinois
  • May 2022: Featured in an article published by the University of Illinois’ School of Information Sciences
  • May 2022: Published a co-authored white paper with the Community Data Clinic
  • Feb. 2022: Awarded a Lucile Huntington Wilkinson Memorial Scholarship from the University of Illinois