Kate Donahue

I'm a fourth year computer science PhD candidate 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 as well as a researcher in evolutionary game theory at the Program of Evolutionary Dynamics at Harvard. My undergraduate degree was at Harvard, a major in 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

In Fall 2021, I've been selected as a "Rising Star in EECS" for MIT Rising Stars EECS 2021 workshop. My PhD research has been supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

"Optimality and Stability in Federated Learning: A Game-theoretic Approach""

Kate Donahue and Jon Kleinberg, 2021. Accepted at Neurips 2021.

"Model-sharing Games: Analyzing Federated Learning Under Voluntary Participation."

Kate Donahue and Jon Kleinberg, 2021. Github repository here. Accepted at AAAI 2021.

"Better Together? How Externalities of Size Complicate Notions of Solidarity and Actuarial Fairness".

Kate Donahue and Solon Barocas, 2021. NeurIPS Workshop on Consequential Decision Making in Dynamic Environments, contributed talk. Accepted at FAccT 2021.

"Fairness and Utilization In Allocating Resources With Uncertain Demand"

Kate Donahue and Jon Kleinberg, 2020. Mechanism Design for Social Good, 2019, FAccT 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. 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 Kate Donahue, 2016. My 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.

“Analysis and simulation of the operation of a Kelvin probe”

Robert D. Reasenberg, Kathleen P. Donahue, James D. Phillips, 2013. Classical Quantum Gravity


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

Photo by Greg Yauney