PhD Student

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Spelman College, 2020

Lelia Hampton is a Ph.D. student in Computer Science. She is an MIT Presidential Fellow and Alfred P. Sloan Scholar. Lelia received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, Summa Cum Laude, with minors in comparative women’s studies and mathematics from Spelman College where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. She has been a passionate advocate for computer science education volunteering for BlackGirlsCODE throughout undergrad and serving as a TA for introductory computer science in Python, computer architecture, and operating systems.


  • Jaye Nias, Lelia Hampton, Princess Sampson, and Magie Ruffin. 2020. Decolonizing Technologies for Preserving Cultural and Societal Diversity. ACM SIGCHI Workshop on Engaging with Race in CHI.
  • David James and Lelia Hampton. 2020. Using Black Music as a Bridge to Understanding Introductory Programming Concepts. IEEE Research on Equity & Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology ‘20.
  • Danielle Wood, Fohla Mouftaou, Temilola Fatoyinbo-Agueh, David Lagomasino, Eric Ashcroft, Ufuoma Ovienmhada, Lelia Hampton, Lisa Orii, TojumiOluwa Adegboyega, Anisha Nakagawa, and Juliet Wanyiri. 2019. Co-Designing an Environmental Observatory to Support Eco-Entrepreneurship in Benin. American Geophysical Union.
  • Lelia Hampton, Robert Cummings, and Kinnis Gosha. 2019. Improving Computer Science Instruction and Computer Use for African American Secondary School Students: A Focus Group Exploration of Computer Science Identity of African American Teachers. In Proceedings of the 2019 on Computers and People Research Conference (SIGMIS-CPR ’19). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 78-84.
  • Lelia Hampton and Kinnis Gosha. 2018. Development of a Twitter graduate school virtual mentor for HBCU computer science students. In Proceedings of the ACMSE 2018 Conference (ACMSE ’18). ACM, New York, NY, USA, Article 42.
  • Design of a Low-Cost Water Quality Sensor Kit to Monitor Ecosystem Health in Benin. 35th Annual MIT Summer Research Program Symposium. August 8, 2019.
  • Design of a Low-Cost Water Quality Sensor Kit to Monitor Ecosystem Health in Benin. MIT Summer Research Program Intern Presentations. MIT Media Lab. August 5, 2019.
  • Using Black Music as a Culturally Relevant Approach to Engage African American Women College Students in Computer Science. Spelman College Research Day 2019. April 26, 2019.


  • Ashar Aziz (1981) Presidential Fellowship
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Ford Foundation Fellowship Honorable Mention
  • Dean’s List
  • Upsilon Pi Epsilon Computing Honor Society