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Phoebe K. Chua is a Ph.D. Candidate in Informatics at the University of California, Irvine, where she studies the interplay of cultural capital and hiring practices at elite tech companies.  

Using a mixed-methods approach, Phoebe studies the evaluative practices of employers and the application strategies of intern candidates in the tech industry. Her research illuminates how elite reproduction occurs in the hiring process for technical positions and contributes ways for organizations to enact equitable hiring practices. Her work is supported by an NSF Award, a CREATE Fellowship, a Public Impact Fellowship, a Chancellor’s Club Fellowship, and a Fred Tonge Endowed Graduate Award in ICS.  

Phoebe has interned as a researcher at Google and Facebook. Prior to joining UC Irvine, she worked on research projects for UNICEF and World Vision. Phoebe holds a B.A. in Mathematics with triple minors in Computer Science, Statistics, and Music from Messiah University.