Specializations

  • Scientific dissent decision making
  • Digital communities
  • Social networking sites

Biography

Kolina Koltai is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for an Informed Public (CIP) at the University of Washington. She studies how groups’ use of sociotechnical systems affects decision making and information behavior. She researches information-seeking behaviors, trust assessment of information (and misinformation), and decision making with a focus on when people dissent from the scientific mainstream (e.g., vaccine dissent). She specifically focuses on how social networking sites and digital communities interact with information behavior practices.

Koltai received her Ph.D. in Information Studies from the School of Information at The University of Texas at Austin. She has previously worked in HCI and user experience researcher positions in government and industry labs.

Education

  • Ph D, Information Studies, The University of Texas , 2020
  • BA, Psychology & Asian American Studies, California State University, 2012

Awards

  • Graduate Student Poster Award (Runner up) - St. David’s CHPR Conference, 2018
  • Best Article of the Year in Ergonomics in Design, 2017

Publications and Contributions

  • Blog post
    Mark of the Beast meets Vaccine Passports (2021)
    Virality Project Authors: Kolina Koltai, Joey Schafer
  • Blog post
    The Vaccine Passport Narrative in Vaccine Hesitant Communities (2021)
    Authors: Rachel Moran, Kolina Koltai, Joseph Schafer, Erin McAweeney, Nicole Buckley, Divya Suresh Kumar, Connor Klentschy
  • Blog post
    Vaccine “shedding” narratives targeted toward women (2021)
    Virality Project Authors: Kolina Koltai, Rachel Moran, Nicole Buckley, Divya Suresh Kumar, Connor Klentschy, Kyle Weiss, Erin McAweeney, Emma Dolan, Jennifer John, Ashwin Ramaswami, Carly Miller
  • Article
    Emerging Narratives Around ‘Mail Dumping’ and Election Integrity (2020)
    Election Integrity Partnership Authors: Ian Kennedy, Andrew Beers, Kolina Koltai, Morgan Wack, Joey Schafer, Paul Lockaby, Michael Caufield, Michael Grass, Emma Spiro, Kate Starbird, Isabella Garcia-Camargo
  • Article
    Foreign vs Domestic: An Examination of Amplification in a Ballot Misinformation Story (2020)
    Election Integrity Partnership Authors: Joseph Bak-Coleman, Michael Caulfield, Kolina Koltai, Rachel Moran, Kate Starbird, Tom Wilson, Ian Wisemore, Renée Diresta
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Article
    Left-Leaning Influencers, 'Mainstream' Media Play Big Role in Amplifying 'Army for Trump' Fears (2020)
    Election Integrity Partnership Authors: Rachel Moran, Joseph Bak-Coleman, Tom Wilson, Ian Kennedy, Kolina Koltai, Andrew Beers, Ian Wisemore, Emma Spiro, Michael Caufield, Kate Starbird
  • Conference Paper
    Vaccine information seeking and sharing: How private Facebook Groups contributed to the anti-vaccine movement online (2020)
    Selected Papers of #AoIR2020: The 21st Annual Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers Author: Kolina Koltai
  • Article
    “Friend of a Friend” Stories as a Vehicle for Misinformation (2020)
    Election Integrity Partnership Authors: Kolina Koltai, Jack Nassetta, Kate Starbird, Caryl Miller, Dylan Junkin, Kevin Lai, Malika Mehrotra
  • Conference Paper
    Understanding Online Trust and Information Behavior Using Demographics and Human Values (2019)
    Understanding Online Trust and Information Behavior Using Demographics and Human ValuesInformation in Contemporary Society: iConference 2019 Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Page 654-665 Authors: N. Verma, K. R. Fleischmann, Kolina Koltai
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Applying Social Network Analysis to Help Identify the Social Support Needs of Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Patients and Survivors (2018)
    Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology, Volume 7, Page 181-186 Authors: Kolina Koltai, C. Walsh, B. Jones, B. Berkelaar
  • Conference Paper
    Demographic Factors and Trust in Different News Sources (2018)
    Proceedings of the 81st Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology, Page 524-533 Authors: N. Verma, K. R. Fleischmann, Kolina Koltai
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    End-of-Life Decision Making by Family Caregivers of Persons with Advanced Dementia: A Literature Review of Decision Aids (2018)
    SAGE Open Medicine, Volume 6, Page 1-9 Authors: B. Xie, A. Berkley , J. Kwak, K.R. Fleischmann, J. Champion, Kolina Koltai
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Race Signaling Features: Identifying Markers of Racial Prototypicality among Asians, Blacks, Latinos, and Whites (2018)
    Social Cognition , Volume 36, Page 603-625 Authors: D. Ma, Kolina Koltai, R. McManus, A. Bernhardt, J. Correll, B. Wittenbrink
  • Conference Paper
    Humans Values and Trust in Scientific Journals, Mainstream News, and Fake News (2017)
    Proceedings of the 80th Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology, Page 426-435 Authors: N. Verma, K. R. Fleischmann, Kolina Koltai
  • Conference Paper
    Questioning Science with Science: The Evolution of the Vaccine Safety Movement (2017)
    Proceedings of the 80th Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology Authors: Kolina Koltai, K. R. Fleischmann
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    A Trust-Based Analysis of an Air Force Collision Avoidance System: Test Pilots (2016)
    Ergonomics in Design: The Quarterly of Human Factors Applications, Volume 24, Issue 1, Page 9-12 Authors: J.B. Lyons, Nhut Ho, Kolina Koltai, G. Masequesmay, M. Skoog, A. Cacanindin, W. Johnson
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Engineering Trust in Complex Automated Systems (2016)
    Ergonomics in Design: The Quarterly of Human Factors Applications, Volume 24, Issue 1, Page 13-17 Authors: J. Lyons, Kolina Koltai, N. Ho, W. Johnson, D. Smith, J. Shively
  • Conference Paper
    Shaping trust through transparent design: Theoretical and experimental guidelines (2016)
    Advances in Human Factors in Robots and Unmanned Systems, Proceedings of the AHFE 2016 International Conference on Human Factors in Robots and Unmanned Systems, Page 127-136 Authors: J. Lyons, G. Sadler, Kolina Koltai, H. Battiste, N. Ho, L. Hoffmann, D. Smith, W. Johnson, R. Shively
  • Conference Paper
    Evaluation of a recommender system for single pilot operations (2015)
    rocedia Manufacturing: Vol. 3. 6th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE 2015) and the Affiliated Conferences, Page 3070-3077 Authors: Q. Dao, Kolina Koltai, S. Cals, S. Brandt, J. Lachter, M. Matessa, D. Smith, V. Battiste, W. Johnson
  • Technical Report
    Trust-based analysis of an Air Force Collision Avoidance System (AFRL-RH-WP-TP-2015-0030) (2015)
    Authors: J. B. Lyons, N. T. Ho, G. Masequesmay, Kolina Koltai, W. W. Johnson , M. Skoog, A. Cacanindin
  • Conference Paper
    An Extended Case Study Methodology for Investigating Influence of Cultural, Organizational, and Automation Factors on Human-Automation Trust (2014)
    CHI ’14 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Association of Computing Machinery Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) , Page 885-888 Authors: Kolina Koltai, N. Ho, G. Masequesmay, D. Niedober, M. Skoog, W. Johnson , A. Cacanindin, J. Lyons
  • Technical Report
  • Conference Paper
    Influence of Cultural, Organizational, and Automation Capability Factors on Human- Automation Trust: A Case Study of Auto-GCAS Engineers and Developmental History (2014)
    Human-Computer Interaction: Application and Services: Vol. 8512. 16th International Conference on Human Computer Interaction , Page 473-484 Authors: D. Niedober, N. Ho, Kolina Koltai, G. Masequesmay, M. Skoog, A. Cacanindin, W. Johnson , J. Lyons
  • Conference Paper
    Influence of Cultural, Organizational, and Automation Capability on Human Automation Trust: A Case Study of Auto-GCAS Experimental Test Pilots. (2014)
    International Conference on Human Computer Interaction in Aerospace, Page 1-10 Authors: Kolina Koltai, N. Ho, G. Msequesmay, D. Niedober, M. Skoog, A. Cacanindin, W. Johnson , J. Lyons

Presentations

  • Briefing for senior staff of the U.S. House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis (2021)
    United States House of Representatives - Virtual
  • Season 2, episode 28: The rabbit hole (2021)
    Shelter in Place Podcast - Virtual
  • Short Talks - Difficult Audiences (2021)
    Science Talk 2021 - Virtual
  • Working with the Anti-vaccine community (2021)
    Science Talk - Portland, OR
  • Vaccine Information Seeking and Sharing: How Private Facebook Groups Contributed to the Anti-Vaccine Movement (2020)
    2020 annual meeting of the Conference on Computer-Supported Work and the Association of Internet Researchers - Virtual
  • Anti-vax or vaccine safety advocate: Value systems of vaccine dissent (2019)
    3rd Annual Graduate Research Showcase - Austin, TX
  • Ethical Concerns for the Future of Face Recognition Technology and Policy (2019)
    Good Systems: Ethical AL for CSCW Workshop, 22nd ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing - Austin, TX
  • Human Values and Scientific Controversies: Studying Vaccine Attitudes on Social Networking Sites (2019)
    Oxford Internet Institute (OII) Summer Doctoral Programme - Oxford, England
  • Online Health Communities and AI: Promise and Concerns (2019)
    Good Systems: Ethical AL for CSCW Workshop, 22nd ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing - Austin, TX
  • The Vaccine-Opposed Movement Online: Representation of Alternative Scientific Beliefs (2019)
    Social Science Research Council’s Race, Gender, and Toxicity Online Research Workshop - Austin, TX
  • Human values and end-of-life decision making: Results from a pilot study of dementia caregivers (2018)
    82nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology - Vancouver, Canada
  • Questioning Science with Science: The Evolution of the Vaccine Safety Movement (2018)
    St. David’s CHPR Conference - Austin, TX
  • Understanding the Information Experience of Fake News (2018)
    SIG-USE Research Symposium on the Social Informatics of Knowledge, Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology - Vancouver, Canada
  • Entitled to your own facts: The social informatics of knowledge in the era of fake news (2017)
    SIG-SI Research Symposium on the Social Informatics of Knowledge, Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology - Crystal City, VA
  • An Ethnographic-Based Model for Trust Development in Auto-GCAS. (2015)
    American Psychological Association Annual Convention - Toronto, Canada
  • Transparency in an Automated Recommender System for Emergency Landings. (2015)
    American Psychological Association Annual Convention - Toronto, Canada
  • The Relationship Between Sexism and Objectification of Sexualized Male and Female Targets (2014)
    15th Annual Convention of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology - Austin, TX