Omar Olivarez

Omar Olivarez

Research Interests: Effect of Technology on Power and Status, Socio-economic Inequality, Group Dynamics, Algorithmic Bias, Artificial Intelligence, the Future of Work

Projects: Language of Romance, Cialdini BIRG Replication with NFL data, Power in Politics, Body Movements Experiment

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Omar works in industry as an associate software engineer and has been a member of the CLIMB research group since 2017. He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Business Honors and Management Information Systems, and a certificate in Computer Science. He plans to start a PhD in Fall of 2021 that combines his interests in technology and social science research. His first short paper, The Language of Romance, was published in 2017 in partnership with Dr. Kate Blackburn and Ryan Hardie and he has another paper in the works on a replication of Cialdini’s BIRG study on NFL data. Omar has participated in poster presentations at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology conferences in 2017 and 2019, a short presentation in Dr. Ryan Boyd’s Data Blitz pre-conference in the 2017 SPSP conference, and Dr. James Pennebaker’s summer language lab in 2020. He has also recently launched a project with Dr. Kayla Jordan from Harrisburg University of Science and Technology to study the flow of power between US political parties.