Oliver L. Haimson

PhD Candidate
Informatics Department

Donald Bren School of Information
and Computer Sciences

University of California, Irvine


ABOUT

I am currently a PhD Candidate in the Informatics Department at University of California, Irvine’s Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences. I conduct social computing research focused on social media, online identity, and gender in the context of life transitions. I am a recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, a Rob Kling Memorial Fellowship, a Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship, and a Faculty Mentor Program Fellowship. I work with Dr. Gillian Hayes in the STAR Group (Social and Technological Action Research), and I'm also part of LUCI (Laboratory for Ubiquitous Computing and Interaction).

I received my B.S. in Economics at Carnegie Mellon University, focusing my research on the intersections of labor economics and gender studies. I also participated in the iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3) at the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences, where I conducted research on information diffusion via social media.

Prior to my academic pursuits, I was a founder of Boxcar Books, and managed independent bookstores for a number of years. I also toured and recorded as guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter in several rock bands.