Oliver L. Haimson is a PhD student in Informatics at UC Irvine. His research focuses on how people represent changing and faceted identities on social media. In particular, he studies transgender people’s experiences with self-representation and disclosure as they change gender on social networking sites. Through his research, he hopes to impact technological inclusion of marginalized users. Oliver will be attending.
Gillian R. Hayes is the Robert A. and Barbara L. Kleist Chair in Informatics. Her research focuses on drawing in underrepresented groups into design and research.
Shelley Grant is a Visiting Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Washington. Her research on human reproductive geographies considers the varying population impact and governance of cross-border family construction related to uneven expansions in access to technologically advanced reproductive health care. This work accompanies over 20 years experience in business management, legal research and reproductive rights advocacy with Planned Parenthood and affiliate organizations. Shelley will be attending.
Morgan G. Ames is a postdoctoral scholar at UC Irvine interested in the cultural politics of technology production. Her dissertation work, which received the Nathan Maccoby Outstanding Dissertation Award, describes the mythologies that motivated the development of One Laptop per Child (OLPC) in light of how the laptops were understood in Paraguay, the site of a model project. Morgan will be attending.
Katherine Lo is a doctoral student in Informatics at UC Irvine studying the practices and effects of STEM diversity programs. She founded and directs the biennial init(together) Southern California Women in Computing Conference, a state-wide event that hosts over 300 women in high school and college to encourage them to pursue computing careers. She also founded the /r/GirlGamers community on Reddit, which fosters critical discussion of women in gaming. Katherine will be attending.
Paul Dourish is a Professor of Informatics in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at UC Irvine, with courtesy appointments in Computer Science and Anthropology. His research focuses on understanding information technology as a site of social and cultural production; his work combines topics in human-computer interaction, ubiquitous computing, and science and technology studies.
Jordan Eschler is a PhD student at the University of Washington Information School. She is interested in the relationship between illness phase and emotional and informational needs as experienced by young adult oncology patients. She is currently working on the REMIND study, conducting interviews to understand personal information management around chronic health conditions managed day to day in the home. Jordan will be attending.
Jean Hardy is a 2nd-year Masters student at the University of Michigan School of Information. He combines aspects of social computing, archival studies, and sexuality studies to look at the ways in which queer communities and individuals create, transmit, and store information in social settings. His thesis focuses on the role of identity & safety in rural use of mobile hook-up apps for men who have sex with men. You can find him on Twitter @jeanmonroehardy. Jean will be attending.
Ying-Yu Chen is a PhD student in Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) at the University of Washington, working on looking at everyday practice of data scientists. She is also interested in designing for big data through feminist lens and also women in technology startups. Ying-Yu will be attending.
Sarah Fox is a second year PhD student working in the Tactile and Tactical (TAT) Design Lab at the University of Washington, where she conducts a broad range of design research. Ethnographic study, speculative design, critical design, and participatory design are among the methods and approaches she uses regularly. She hold a Master’s degree in Digital Media from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she was a part of the Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing. She has interned with the Interaction and Experience Research group at Intel Labs and the Human Experience and Design group (formerly Socio-Digital Systems) at Microsoft Research Cambridge. Sarah will be attending.
Max Klein comes from the Hacker scene writing open source software, and collaborating on research with academic partners. His current project is called “WIGI” the Wikipedia Gender Inequality Index. It is based off of a hack he performed in 2013; he was the first to look at the female percentage of representation across all Wikipedia languages. Now he’s expanding this concept to investigate not only the gender but also the date of birth, death, place of birth, and ethnic group by Wikipedia language at once. Another goal of the project is to release the extracted data as an updated Open Dataset each month to provide another Inequality index on the world stage – like the United Nations Gender Inequality Index. At the moment, he’s applying to PhD programs in Information Science and Computer Science, and his proposed research is to take WIGI a step further. The idea is to classify known social biases in Wikipedia, like gender, race, sexual orientation, and then using machine learning to search the corpus for unknown social biases. The hopeful indication here is that we can find biases we haven’t even yet humanly-identified. Max will be attending.
Kathryn Ringland is a PhD student at the University of California, Irvine in the Department of Informatics. Her current research includes a digital ethnography of a virtual world for children with autism and their families. She studies human-centered technologies as they are used to empower marginalized individuals with disabilities. Kate will be attending.
Lynn Dombrowski is an Informatics PhD Candidate at the University of California, Irvine. Her research she examines, designs, and evaluates sociotechnical public interventions for large, systemic social issues (e.g., hunger). Given these interests and commitments, she explores themes of power/empowerment, politics, ethics, values, advocacy, and justice within the context of sociotechnical interventions. Lynn will be attending.
R. Stuart Geiger is a Ph.D candidate at the UC-Berkeley School of Information, where his research has focused on community governance and newcomer socialization in peer-production communities, specifically Wikipedia. In this context, he interrogates the roles of the systems that support such knowledge production, focusing heavily on the gatekeeping work that has been delegated to computational platforms and automated software agents. While he has a background in critical theory and is trained as an STS ethnographer, this work has involved substantial collaborations with computer scientists and software designers, many of whom are deeply interested in the social-structural inequalities that persist in such systems, like Wikipedia’s frequently discussed gaps in participation across gender, national origin, and class. He is interested in bringing critical and feminist theory into a productive tension with computer science, working to develop infrastructures that enact ideological critiques. Stuart will be attending.
Amirah Majid is an Arab-American woman currently studying crisis informatics at the University of Washington, Seattle. She focuses on the learning the needs of marginalized populations, specifically refugees, and subpopulations within that group, from war zones. She works principally in the West Bank, Jordan, France and Seattle. Amirah will be attending.
Rena Bivens is a Banting Fellow in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University. With a focus on social media software, gender, and violence, her research unravels how normativity is produced and contested over time. Critical communication theories, science and technology studies, and feminist and queer theory influence her work. Rena will be attending.
Amy Cheatle is a social technologist working within the Academic Technologies Department of Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Her research explores the intersections of collaborative and creative endeavors mediated through technological tools and systems. Current work focuses on human-robot interaction and sociotechnical systems that enhance and honor creativity and making. Amy will be attending.
Lauren Britton, MLIS, is a doctoral student in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. She is a feminist media scholar, whose current research explores digitally mediated informal learning environments. She is particularly concerned with the ways ‘making’ is framed in public discourse as a great equalizer and democratizing force; a solution to STEM learning, the decline in American manufacturing, and open access to the tools of production and innovation. Lauren draws on her experience as an artist and Maker to inform her academic work, weaving material praxis and feminist theory into her research. Lauren is a researcher at the Information Institute of Syracuse and a research fellow with the Technology and Social Change Group at the University of Washington. Lauren will be attending.
Halimat Alabi is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in visual learning analytics at Simon Fraser University. Her academic path began with a degree in Acoustical Engineering from Purdue University. She then went into television, working in the newsrooms of PBS, FOX, and CBS stations. Later she obtained an M.A. in Television, Film and New Media Production from San Diego State University and an M.Ed. in Mathematics, Science, Social Studies & Technology Education from the University of Victoria. From there she went on to work in console game development for Sony Computer Entertainment America and THQ. Her previous experience informs her current research, which draws from theories of design, transformative education, human computer interaction, new media and game theory in the design of online learning spaces that transform learners’ relationship to learning practice by helping them visually extract meaningful patterns from their learning data. Halimat will be attending on behalf of Janni Aragon.
Lucian Leahu is an Assistant Professor at the IT University of Copenhagen, in the Interaction Design and Technologies in Practice research groups. His research draws on computer and information science, design, and STS to explore novel ways of relating to technology made possible by the vast and varied kinds of data available today and by computational approaches such as machine learning and big data. Lucian will be attending.
Phoebe Sengers is a faculty member in Information Science and Science & Technology Studies at Cornell, where she leads the Culturally Embedded Computing group. She is a member of the field of Computer Science and is affiliated with Visual Studies and Art.