Scott A. Hale is a Data Scientist at the Oxford Internet Institute of the University of Oxford, UK. I develop and apply techniques from computer science to research questions in the social sciences. I am particularly interested in the area of human-computer interaction, the spread of information between speakers of different languages online, and the roles of bilingual Internet users. I am also interested in collective action and politics more generally.
I manage the Oxford Experimental Laboratory (OxLab), which runs economic and political science laboratory and field experiments to investigate the effect of different information environments on collective action and the impact of different types of government provision on citizens’ information seeking behavior.
I graduated with degrees in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Spanish from Eckerd College, FL, USA. During my time at Eckerd, I published computer science research in the area of image processing while working on a larger research project called Darwin. After graduating, I worked in Okinawa, Japan, at the Okinawa Prefectural Education Center with public school teachers to develop English immersion curricula and with IT professionals to deliver continuing education training through the Internet to staff members and students on outlying islands. I came to the OII as a master’s candidate in October 2009 and my master’s research on analyzing cross-language information sharing between bloggers earned distinction. I completed my doctorate in 2015 at the same department, and my doctoral research examined the roles of platform design and social factors in the sharing of information between speakers of different languages on user-generated content platforms.