About Julia Katherine Haines
Hello. I am a PhD Candidate in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at University of California, Irvine, where I conduct research in the field of Informatics. I am currently working on my dissertation research, investigating the decentralization and diffusion of high-tech startups globally, with a particular focus on the impact of the global spread of the seed accelerator model of innovation. Over the past year, I have conducted ethnographic fieldwork at accelerators in Singapore and Buenos Aires, and will be finishing my dissertation this academic year.
I am interested in studying environments and complex problems at the intersection of collaboration, technology, and culture. In general, I research topics related to computer supported cooperative work (CSCW), collaborative technologies, human-computer interaction (HCI), and social informatics. In my current PhD work, I focus more specifically on issues and themes related to innovation practices, social creativity, globally-distributed teams, and transnational work. At UCI, I work in the Hana Research Group with Judy Olson and Gary Olson. I am also an Intel Science & Technology Center for Social Computing research fellow.
I previously earned an MS in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) at DePaul University and an MA in Social Sciences at The University of Chicago. I majored in both Anthropology and Journalism and Mass Communication (Visual Communication) at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Additionally, I have worked in the fields of user experience research and interaction design, most recently as a UX research intern at Google.