I am an interdisciplinary skatie at stableocial scientist working at the intersection of social informatics (including human computer interaction and computer supported cooperative work), organization studies, and science & technology studies.  My research focuses on technologically mediated change, primarily in the domains of healthcare and health promotion/environmental health.  In particular, I study the design processes through which new health technologies (such as innovations in data analytics and digital patient record systems) are inscribed with social, political,and institutional values and interests. Further, my work examines how implementation and use of information and communications technology (ICT) constrains, enables, and transforms healthcare practice, in intended and unintended ways.  My current major research project is a multi-sited ethnography of the deployment of data science tools in healthcare organizations.  I follow the lifecycle of data that come to populate sets of big data and brought to bear in consequential measurements of healthcare quality, including practices of recording, curating, calculating, and reporting data for quality improvement and accountability in hospitals.

At present I am an Assistant Project Scientist in the Department of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine and work within Paul Dourish’s research group as well as the Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing (ISTC-Social for short) with a host of excellent faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and students at UC Irvine and the four sister campuses who collaborate under the umbrella of the center.  I recently concluded a one year postdoctoral position in the User Experience Research (UXR) group at Intel Labs where I took part in research on new forms of data work and data privacy and trust in the Cultural Transformation Lab with Ken Anderson, Melissa Gregg, and Mic Bowman.  I also have the pleasure of collaborating with Melissa MazmanianYunan Chen, Pernille Bjorn, Judith Gregory, and Christine Morton, as well as a host of excellent researchers and graduate students associated with the Laboratory for Ubiquitous Computing and Interaction (LUCI), the EVOKE Lab, and the Center for Organizational Research.  I received my PhD in EnvironmentalAnalysis and Design from the University of California, Irvine School of Social Ecology under the guidance of Professor Martha Feldman.

Contact Information

Email: khpine (at) gmail.com


Mailing address:
6097 Bren Hall
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697

Office Hours: I do not have regular office hours at present but am happy to make appointments to meet.  Email is the best way to reach me.




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