Kate Donahue

I'm a third year computer science PhD student at Cornell. I generally work in theory, especially questions around fairness in machine learning, and strategic behavior under uncertainty. I'm extremely fortunate to be advised by Jon Kleinberg.

Previously, I have been a data scientist working at Booz Allen Hamilton's Boston office as well as a researcher in evolutionary game theory with with Oliver Hauser, Christian Hilbe, and Martin Nowak at the Program of Evolutionary Dynamics at Harvard. My undergraduate degree was at Harvard, a major in pure math with a minor in statistics.

My real world interests include hiking in gorges, baking desserts with friends, and reading.

My CV is available here. My pronouns are she/her/hers.

Publications and Honors

I am extremely grateful to be supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

"Model-sharing Games: Analyzing Federated Learning Under Voluntary Participation." Kate Donahue and Jon Kleinberg, 2020. https://arxiv.org/abs/2010.00753. Under submission.

"Better Together? How Externalities of Size Complicate Notions of Solidarity and Actuarial Fairness". Kate Donahue and Solon Barocas, 2020. NeurIPS Workshop on Consequential Decision Making in Dynamic Environments.

"Fairness and Utilization In Allocating Resources With Uncertain Demand". Kate Donahue and Jon Kleinberg, 2019. https://arxiv.org/abs/1906.09050. Presented by Jon Kleinberg at Mechanism Design for Social Good, 2019, presented by Kate Donahue at Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency 2020, where it won Best Paper in the CS category.

"Evolving cooperation in multichannel games". Kate Donahue, Oliver P. Hauser, Martin A. Nowak, Christian Hilbe. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-17730-3. Published in Nature Communications, August 2020.

“’All Together Now’: Linking the Public Goods Game and Prisoner’s Dilemma For Robustness Against Free-Riders”. Thesis by Kathleen Donahue (2016). http://www.math.harvard.edu/theses/senior/donahue/donahue.pdf

“Analysis and simulation of the operation of a Kelvin probe”. Robert D. Reasenberg, Kathleen P. Donahue, James D. Phillips. Class. Quantum Grav (2013) https://arxiv.org/abs/1306.0548

My undergraduate thesis received a Hoopes Prize given for “excellence in undergraduate research”. My undergraduate work in general earned the Herb Alexander Award for “outstanding undergraduate” in mathematics.


Please email me at kdonahue [at] cs [dot] cornell [dot] edu.

Photo by Greg Yauney