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Phoebe K. Chua is a Ph.D. Candidate in Informatics at UC 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 hire a diverse tech workforce. Her work is supported by an NSF Award and a Fred Tonge Endowed Graduate Award in ICS.  

During her Ph.D., Phoebe has conducted research at Google and Facebook. Prior to joining UC Irvine, she worked on research projects for inter-governmental organizations (e.g., UNICEF and the UN Refugee Agency) and non-profits (e.g., World Vision). Phoebe holds a B.A. in Mathematics with triple minors in Computer Science, Statistics, and Music from Messiah College.