Kira Goldner

Assistant Professor
Faculty of Computing & Data Sciences
Boston University

About me


I am an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Computing & Data Sciences at Boston University with a secondary appointment in Computer Science, and am a member of the Algorithms & Theory group.

My research interests are primarily in algorithmic mechanism design and approximation algorithms, including:

In 2016, I shifted my attention to using these mathematical concepts to aid society, with a focus on improving access to opportunities and rights or mitigating global harms, and co-founding the Mechanism Design for Social Good initiative in the process. Since then, my research has also focused on: See my publications on my research page.

Before joining Boston University, I was an NSF Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellow and a Data Science Institute Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University hosted by Tim Roughgarden.

I received my PhD in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, where I was very fortunate to be advised by Anna Karlin. During my PhD, I was very generously supported by a 2017-19 Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship and a 2016-17 Google Anita Borg Scholarship.

Before that, I attended Oberlin College where I received a B.A. in Mathematics and minored in Computer Science. I also studied at Budapest Semesters in Mathematics. My Curriculum Vitae can be found here.


Upcoming and Recent News:

EC '21: I am serving as the Social Chair for the 22nd ACM Conference on Economics and Computation. Come join our social and networking events surrounding the technical content of the conference, virtually, July 19-22, 2021!

EAAMO '21: I am thrilled to be on the organizing team for the inaugural ACM Conference on Equity and Access in Algorithms, Mechanisms, and Optimization (EAAMO '21)! EAAMO is part of the MD4SG initiative, and contains tracks for both researchers and policy makers & practitioners. The conference will take place virtually October 5-9, 2021.