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University of Michigan School of Information

Oliver Haimson

Oliver Haimson

Assistant Professor of Information, School of Information and Assistant Professor of Digital Studies Institute, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts Email: Phone: 734/763-1460
Office: School of Information/3380 North Quad Faculty Role: Faculty Potential PhD Faculty Advisor: Yes Personal website


I conduct social computing research focused on envisioning and designing trans technologies, social media content moderation and marginalized populations, and changing identities on social media during life transitions. Much of my research has focused on transgender identities and experiences online and with social technologies, and my research goal is to impact technological inclusion of marginalized users. I am a recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER award.



Areas of interest

social computing, human-computer interaction (HCI), trans technologies, content moderation, identity transitions, social media, wellbeing


PhD Information & Computer Science, University of California, Irvine


Cartoon of person looking at a giant computer screen that displays a cloud symbol. The screen is connected to servers by wires, and a person is sitting on top of a stack of servers, looking at their laptop.
Moderating online content increases accountability, but can harm some platform users

In a new study, UMSI scholars uncover that visible content moderation is a double-edged sword, increasing accountability but also bringing more attention to harmful behaviors.

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"Institute for Research on Women and Gender- Seed Grant, 'Facilitating Online Interaction Between Transgender Patients and Medical Providers.' Oliver Haimson, Assistant Professor" Headshot of Oliver Haimson.
Oliver Haimson awarded a Faculty Seed Grant from Institute for Research on Women and Gender

Oliver Haimson was awarded a grant from the Institute for Research on Women and Gender for his project on facilitating online communications between transgender people and healthcare providers.

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