Julia B Barnett



she / her

PhD Candidate at Northwestern

Hello! I'm Julia Barnett and I'm a PhD student in Technology and Social Behavior, which is a dual PhD program in computer science and communications at Northwestern University. My advisor is Nicholas Diakopoulos, and right now we are researching the ability to predict what areas are impacted by artificial intelligence systems by only utilizing a couple short reviews of individual articles.

My research interests lie in NLP applications in social contexts, algorithmic transparency and bias, and the intersection of machine learning and music.

I completed a Master's Degree in Data Science at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics in 2019, and I got my Bachelor's Degree in Business Analytics, International Business, and Marketing from Villanova University in 2018. Before my PhD I finished up a two year stint as a Senior Data Analyst at The Washington Post.

Academic Research

Gender Biases in Online Physician Ratings: Female Doctors Evaluated More Harshly by Patients. Barnett J, Chen C., Bjarnadóttir M, and Anderson D. Submitted to Journal of Medical Internet Research Formative Research. (2021)

Tell Me Why: Explaining Black-box Classification Algorithms Using Most Similar Counterfactuals. Barnett J, Anderson D, Bjarnadottir M. Submitted to Production and Operations Management. (2021)

“Watchdog or Lapdog? A Critique on the Role of Journalism in the United States and Singapore.” Barnett J, Chandra S. Published: Ahead and Behind: Singapore in the World, Pagesetters Services Pte Ltd. Editors: Pang Eng Fong, Arnoud de Meyer. (2018)


Data Science Fellowship (2021-2022), Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO)