OLIVER L.
HAIMSON,
Ph.D.

Social technologies and major life transitions / events

Each person faces many transitions throughout their life as they develop, age, and change. Yet people often find it difficult to manage where and how to present and discuss life transitions and changing identities on social media sites, and to find communities of similar others. These difficulties are often amplified for those with marginalized or stigmatized identities (e.g., transgender and other LGBQ people, first generation and low-income college students). This line of research addresses these concerns via a wide range of methods. We seek to explain how people fragment their identities and networks among separate social media sites during major life transitions, and the social inequities that exist for people with marginalized identities, particularly those with multiple intersecting marginalized identities, during major life transitions (among other outcomes).

Selected Publications


Social Media as Social Transition Machinery
Oliver L. Haimson
Proceedings of the ACM Human Computer Interaction (PACM), Vol. 2, No. CSCW, Article 63 (November 2018), 26 pages
to be presented at ACM CSCW Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, November 2018
[acceptance rate: 26%] [Best Paper Honorable Mention]
[PDF] [blog]

The Social Complexities of Transgender Identity Disclosure on Social Media
Oliver L. Haimson
Doctoral dissertation
University of California, Irvine, 2018
[link]

Relationship Breakup Disclosures and Media Ideologies on Facebook
Oliver L. Haimson, Nazanin Andalibi, Munmun De Choudhury, Gillian R. Hayes
New Media and Society, 20(5), May 2018 (first published online June 2017)
[link]

Class Confessions: Restorative Properties in Online Experiences of Socioeconomic Stigma
Eugenia Ha Rim Rho, Oliver L. Haimson, Nazanin Andalibi, Melissa Mazmanian, Gillian R. Hayes
ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, May 2017
[PDF]

Digital and Physical Barriers to Changing Identities
Oliver L. Haimson
XRDS: Crossroads, The ACM Magazine for Students, Winter 2017
[link]

Digital Footprints and Changing Networks During Online Identity Transitions
Oliver L. Haimson, Jed R. Brubaker, Lynn Dombrowski, Gillian R. Hayes
ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, May 2016
[acceptance rate: 23%] [Best Paper Honorable Mention]
[PDF]

Online Inspiration and Exploration for Identity Reinvention
Oliver L. Haimson, Anne E. Bowser, Edward F. Melcer, Elizabeth F. Churchill
ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, May 2015
[acceptance rate: 23%]
[PDF]

Disclosure, Stress, and Support During Gender Transition on Facebook
Oliver L. Haimson, Jed R. Brubaker, Lynn Dombrowski, Gillian R. Hayes
ACM CSCW Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, March 2015
[acceptance rate: 28%] [Best Paper Honorable Mention]
[PDF]