Julia Haines was a PhD student in the Department of Informatics at Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at University of California, Irvine, where she worked in the Hana research group and was advised by Judy and Gary Olson. She previously earned an MS in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) at DePaul University and an MA in Social Sciences at The University of Chicago. She majored in both Anthropology and Journalism and Mass Communication (Visual Communication) at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has also worked in the fields of interaction design, user experience, and usability testing, most recently as User Experience Research intern at Google.
Julia is interested in studying environments and complex problems at the intersection of communication, technology, and culture. In general, she conducted research on topics related to computer supported cooperative work, collaborative technologies, HCI, and occasionally medical informatics. Her dissertation focused on how the Silicon Valley model of accelerators for start-ups does and does not translate to other global locations.
Julia is now a Researcher at Google in Mountain View.