Katya Vasilaky

Associate Professor

Contact Information

Email: kvasilak@calpoly.edu
Phone: 805-756-2382
Office Location: 003-322
Personal Website: https://kvasilaky.github.io/

Katya Vasilaky is an Associate Professor of Economics and Faculty Affiliate at the Noyce School of Applied Computing, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and a Research Affiliate at the Climate School at Columbia University. Her research focuses on how groups, networks and cultural dynamics influence information exchange and technology adoption, and how these decisions differ by gender. Her work is situated in Sub-Saharan Africa, India, Central America, the US, and Ukraine. Her research emphasis is on how female farmers in these regions can best adopt and implement the use of technology in order to improve their agricultural output. Dr. Vasilaky also conducts research at the intersection of computer science, machine learning and economics. She focuses on understanding how biases in data affect algorithms that present choices to individuals and how consumers then make their choices in an online setting.

Her articles have been published in the Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Journal of the Experimental Science Association ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval, and Proceedings of the World Wide Web Conference, among others. Dr. Vasilaky received a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland and B.A. from Columbia University.