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 algorithmic transparency and bias, ethical AI, NLP applications in social contexts, 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

Crowdsourcing Impacts: Exploring the Utility of Crowds for Anticipating Societal Impacts of Algorithmic Decision Making. Barnett J, Diakopoulos N. Proceedings of the 2022 AAAI/ACM Conference on AI, Ethics, and Society. (August 2022)

Intersectional Inequalities in the Impact of Online Visibility on Citations. Vásárhelyi O, Barnett J, Horvát E-Á, Milojevic S. Oral Presentation at Debugging (In)equality in Data Science Workshop at the London School of Economics. (May 2022).

Gender Biases in Online Physician Ratings: Female Doctors Evaluated More Harshly by Patients. Barnett J, Chen C., Bjarnadóttir M, and Anderson D. Currently under review at Journal of Medical Internet Research Formative Research. (May 2022)

Tell Me Why: Explaining Black-box Classification Algorithms Using Most Similar Counterfactuals. Barnett J, Anderson D, Bjarnadottir M. To submit to Informs Special Issue on The Human-Algorithm Connection. (Sep. 2022)

“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)