Sam Bowman

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Assistant Professor of Linguistics, Data Science & Computer Science
Co-PI, ML² Group & CILVR Lab
New York University

PhD 2016, Stanford NLP Group & Stanford Linguistics


I study artificial neural network models for natural language understanding, with a focus on building high-quality training and evaluation data and on applying these models to scientific questions in syntax and semantics.

I'm also generally sympathetic toward effective altruism, and I'm part of Giving What We Can.


You're most likely to have encountered my group by way of our SNLI, MultiNLI datasets, our GLUE and SuperGLUE benchmark competitions, our jiant software toolkit, or our papers on topics like the inductive biases of language models or the viability of transfer learning for NLP.


If we haven't been in contact previously, please look through this FAQ before emailing me. You can reach me at


  • My lab's software toolkit, jiant, just got a from-scratch rewrite, and we think it's a good starting point for most research on NLU, especially for the kinds of tasks that you see in benchmarks like GLUE, SuperGLUE, and XTREME. It builds on the popular Transformers and Datasets libraries.
  • I joined the Department of Computer Science at NYU's Courant Institute as an associated faculty member, in addition to my primary appointment in Linguistics and Data Science.