katie pioneertown

I am an Assistant Project Scientist in the Department of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine. My work lies at the intersection of human-centered computing (CSCW/HCI/health informatics), organization studies, and science and technology studies. My research and teaching  focuses on socio-technical systems and their potential to both cause and address complex social and organizational problems, particularly in the domains of healthcare organizations, health promotion, and environmental health. In my research, I mobilize largely (but not always) ethnographic methods and community engaged research. My current projects include: (1) researching how design and use of electronic health records impacts coordination, communication, and caregiving routines in maternal/child health; (2) a multi-sited ethnography of the lifecycle of data science artifacts and practices and on-the-ground ‘infrastructuring’ currently underway to increase the quality and accountability of U.S. healthcare delivery; (3) action research aimed at developing information infrastructure for research, management, and community knowledge production about the Salton Sea and associated community health effects.

Before my current position, I was a postdoctoral research engineer at the User Experience Research (UXR) group at Intel Labs with the Cultural Transformation Lab. I received a PhD in Social Ecology with a concentration in Environmental Analysis and Design from the University of California, Irvine School of Social Ecology. Current partnerships include the Laboratory for Ubiquitous Computing and Interaction (LUCI), the EVOKE Lab, the Center for Research in Sustainability, Collapse-Preparedness & Information Technology (RISCIT), the Center for Organizational Research, and the Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing. I also currently hold the position of Academic Coordinator for the UC Irvine Salton Sea Initiative.

teach multiple courses on topics related to human-centered computing and research methods at UC Irvine. A list of publications and working papers (along with links to papers) is available here. I sometimes post recent news here.

Contact Information

Email: khpine (at) gmail.com


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

Office Hours: Wednesdays 9am-10am and by appointment