OLIVER L.
HAIMSON,
Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

RESEARCH TEAM
Prospective students: If you are a prospective PhD student interested in working with me, please apply to the UMSI PhD program. If you are a current UM masters student or undergraduate student interested in working with me, please email me with your CV/resume and research interests. I am particularly interested in working with students who want to conduct research on trans technologies

   

Postdoc

Avery Everhart
Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Research Investigator
pronouns: she/her
research interests: geographic information systems, transgender studies, demography & population health, health informatics, human rights, critical data studies

   

PhD Students

Dan Delmonaco
PhD Candidate
pronouns: they/them or he/him
research interests: LGBTQIA+ health, information practices, social media, critical algorithm studies, online resources for LGBTQIA+ young people's sex and sexual health information needs

Josh Guberman
PhD Candidate, co-advised by Silvia Lindtner
pronouns: he/him
research interests: the intersections of critical disability studies, feminist science and technology studies, and computer-supported cooperative work

Senami Kojah
PhD Student
pronouns: she/her
research interests: content moderation, marginalized populations, social media, disinformation, censorship, digital surveillance, human rights in the Global South

Denny Starks
PhD Student, co-advised by Tawanna Dillahunt
pronouns: they/them
research interests: LGBTQIA+ safety, BIPOC safety, online communities, social computing, identities, underserved communities, transgender studies

Ben Zefeng Zhang
PhD Student, co-advised by Michaelanne Thomas
pronouns: he/him
research interests: social media, platform labor & work, mobility & migration, life transitions, identity & marginality

   

Project Manager

Samuel Mayworm
Researcher and Project Manager
pronouns: he/him
research interests: preservation, archival practices, digital preservation, internet/social media preservation, library policy, LGBTQ+ inclusion and equity in library and information spaces

   

Visiting Researchers

Mel Monier
Researcher; PhD student at UM Dept. of Communication & Media
pronouns: she/her or they/them
research interests: digital media; intersectional trans and queer feminisms; gender, race, sexuality, and the body

Kai Nham
Researcher; PhD student at UCLA
pronouns: he/him or they/them
research interests: LGBTQIA+, critical data studies, grassroots technologies and practices, social justice

Hibby Thach
Researcher; Masters student at UIC, incoming PhD student at UMSI
pronouns: they/them
research interests: digital cultures/media, online identity, LGBTQIA+, mixed-race, HCI

   

Masters Students

Shannon Li
Masters Student, Information
pronouns: she/her or they/them
research interests: HCI, user experience and user interface design, product design, accessibility, LGBTQ+, social impact/advocacy

Caoyang Shen
Masters Student, Information
pronouns: he/him
research interests: HCI, user-generated content and digital media, LGBTQIA+, sex and sexuality, online censorship

   

Undergraduate Students

Aloe DeGuia
Undergraduate Student, Public Health
pronouns: she/her
research interests: LGBTQIA+ health, transgender health technologies, gender and decolonization, organizing and advocacy

Andrea Wegner
Undergraduate Student, Information
pronouns: she/her
research interests: social media, user experience, social injustice

   

Alumni


Taika
Augustaitis

Justin Buss

AJ Carter

Shanley
Corvite

O (Ollie)
Downs

Dykee Gorrell

Jasmine
Glover

Oliver Higgins

Shruti Jain

Hayden Le

Kimberly
Liang

Alexxus Lige

Tianxiao
(Sharol) Liu

Peipei Nie

Christian
Paneda

Virginia
Pollock

Anushka
Raheja

Shakira Smith

Lingbo Wang

Zu Weinger

Brookelyn
Wheeler