Zarine Kharazian


I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Human-Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) at the University of Washington. At UW, I work with two research groups: the Center for an Informed Public and the Community Data Science Collective. I’m also an affiliate at UNC’s Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life (CITAP).

My research focuses on the dynamics of online influence operations and the design of effective organizational and institutional responses to them. I am interested in how these responses take shape in the context of online institutions, such as those that form to regulate speech and behavior on online platforms, as well as in the context of offline institutions, many of which increasingly find themselves having to respond to influence operations in crisis environments.

I’m advised by Kate Starbird and Benjamin Mako Hill.