Scott A. Hale is a Senior Data Scientist and Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute of the University of Oxford, UK, and a Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute. I develop and apply techniques from computer science to research questions in both computer science and the social sciences. I am particularly interested in the areas of multilingualism and user experience, mobilization/collective action, and data visualization. At Oxford, I direct the Social Data Science programme, supervise postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers, develop and execute my own independent research, and teach postgraduate students.
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.