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University of Michigan School of Information

Lia Bozarth

Lia Bozarth

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Hi, I'm Lia. I grew up in the West Coast and earned my bachelors in computer science from the University of Washington, Seattle. Post undergrad, I worked in the industry (Amazon & Google) as a software engineer for a few years. I'm currently a 2nd year doctoral student with research focus on Computational Social Science at University of Michigan, School of Information. My advisor is Ceren Budak.

You can find more information about me at my website:

Areas of Interest

Collective Behavior
Computational Social Science
Data Mining
Natural Language Processing
Network Analysis
Becoming a Homeless Comedian


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Mentioning ‘white privilege’ increases online polarization

Doctoral students Christopher Quarles and Lia Bozarth investigated how the term "white privilege" affects communication. They found that the term elicits an emotional response with study participants.

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