Julia Haines, User Experience Researcher at Google

Julia Haines is a researcher who studies topics at the intersection of technology, innovation, and human practices. She is currently a researcher at Google and a member of the Association of Computing and Machinery’s Future of Computing Academy.

She earned her PhD in Informatics from the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at University of California, Irvine. In her dissertation research, she investigated 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. In this work, she conducted ethnographic fieldwork at accelerators in Singapore and Buenos Aires. At UCI, she worked in the Hana Research Group with Judy Olson and Gary Olson, and was also an Intel Science & Technology Center for Social Computing research fellow.

Julia previously earned an MS in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) at DePaul University and an MA in Social Sciences at The University of Chicago. She in both Anthropology and Journalism and Mass Communication (Visual Communication) at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.