Network Science Research Lab (NRL) Members


 Chris Leberknight

Associate Professor

Chris is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Montclair State University and Director of the Network Science Research Lab (NRLI). His primary field of research is network science which focuses on the modeling and analysis of networks from the technological (network and algorithmic topics), ecological, and social perspectives. His research has been published in top tier journals as well as national and international conferences. In addition to his academic experience Chris has over 10 years of professional experience in the computer and telecommunication industries and served as the CEO for two start-up companies. He also has experience with decision support and location aware systems (patent # 7,406,448). Chris is a member of the IEEE, Association of Computing Machinery, and the Association for Information Systems and serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Privacy and Information Security, International Journal of Internet of Things and Cyber-Assurance, and the International Journal of E-Politics.


 Anna Feldman


Anna is a computational linguist. She has worked on a number of different projects, such as cross-lingual approaches to morpho-syntactic tagging, learner corpora, and automatic idiom recognition. She is currently a Co-PI (with Chris Leberknight) on the project that applies linguistic insights to measure and circumvent Internet censorship. She co-authored a book on resource-light morphology, co-edited nine volumes on various topics related to NLP and published 40+ peer-reviewed articles in journals and conference proceedings. Her work has been funded by the US Army Research Lab, the US Air Force Research Lab, the US National Science Foundation.





Mustafa Alfaouri

Graduate Student


Raiyan Khan

Graduate Student



Daniel Kiely

Graduate Students


Irene McGinniss

Graduate Student



Ananya Racha

Graduate Student


Megan Ripley

Graduate Student



Depion Saha

Graduate Student


Kelly Talavera

Graduate Student



Chris Wallerstein

Graduate Student


Jhonny Ortiz

Undergraduate Student





Matthew Kadish

Graduate Student

Matthew received his undergraduate degree from Montclair State University, majoring in English and minoring in Linguistics and German. His future graduate studies will focus on linguistics, and his previous experience includes research with Dr. Jonathan Howell on the nuances of prosody.


Micheal Shehata

Graduate Student

Michael recently received his BA in Linguistics from Montclair State University in January 2018, and is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in Computational Linguistics. Born and raised in Egypt, Micheal is a native Arabic speaker. His areas of interest include Machine Learning, Artificial intelligence, and Data Analysis. He is currently working on a publication in Arabic/English Code Switching among native Arabic speakers. where he will be collecting and analyzing Arabic data from authors who were sentenced to jail when they wrote criticizing their governments. Using this data, he hopes to find a pattern showing what is more likely to be censored based on the collected data.




Nivitha Raveendran

Graduate Student

Nivitha is a Graduate Student at Montclair State University, mastering in computer science - Information Technology. She is currently doing a research study on Global Internet Shutdowns, using the Natural Language Processing techniques and Data Visualization Techniques. With Dr. Chris Leberknight, she published a work on ‘Internet Censorship and Economic Impacts: A case study of Internet outages in India’ - in AMCIS 2018 Proceedings, 317. She is interested in doing Information Technology related research studies and in Application development using latest programming platforms. Previously worked as Software Engineer in Global IT industries.


Nina Birden

Graduate Student

Nina studied languages and Linguistics in St. Petersburg, Russia. In 2016, she received her BA in Linguistics from MSU as well as her Computational Linguistics certificate in 2017. She is currently pursuing her MS in Computer Science. Nina is a native speaker of Russian and interested in natural language processing, data mining, and text analytics.



Anastasiia Agafonova

Graduate Student

Anastasiia received her bachelor's degree in Linguistics and Translation Studies from Tula State Pedagogical University, Russia. In 2017, she recieved the Fulbright grant and was accepted into Montclair State University. Currently pursuing her MA in Applied Linguistics and concentrating on Computational Linguistics, she is interested in natural language processing and text mining.


Kei Yin Ng

Graduate Student

Kei received her undergraduate degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in the field of Japanese Studies. She is currently pursuing a master's degree at Montclair State University concentrating on Computational Linguistics. She is interested in natural language processing and text analytics.



Matthew Goldeck

Undergraduate Student

Matt is pursuing his BS in Computer Science at MSU. He's a data nerd with a particular focus on relational databases, machine learning, and exploratory data analysis. He likes history, running, and taking long walks through Stack Overflow.


Hugo Perdomo

Undergraduate Student

Hugo is an undergrad student at Montclair State pursuing his bachelor in Information Technology. His interests are in the fields of cyber security, data mining, web technologies, and UI/UX trends. He likes playing the guitar, going wine/cheese tasting, walking around and exploring NYC, reading Medium articles, and participating in Hackathons.



Eric Joyce

Adjunct Professor

Eric was an adjunct professor of Computer Science at MSU. His research interests include artificial intelligence, machine learning, natural language processing, heuristic and oppositional search, and game theory. He is currently pursuing a PhD at Stevens Institute of Technology.


Kateryna Kaplun

Graduate Student

Kateryna received her undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Justice Studies, and her master's in Statistics from Montclair State University. Her research interests include interdisciplinary topics that relate mathematics, statistics, computer science, and justice studies.