I study scientific practice to understand how digital infrastructures are enacted and how they affect the knowledge we produce.
After earning my bachelors in Cognitive Science at the University of Virginia, I began work at the Center for Open Science (COS). There, while working on the Reproducibility Project: Psychology, I became curious about how technology and academic culture affect scientists' work. From there, I moved on to the PhD program at UT Austin's School of Information under the mentorship of James Howison. I received my PhD in 2022. Given this interdisciplinary background, my research is influenced by a variety of fields interested in socio-technical issues (i.e. STS, HCI, organization studies, CSCW). Methodologically, I am trained and have experience in experimental design and survey research. My recent work, however, has primarily employed qualitative methods like interviews, contextual inquiry, and content analysis.
I remain interested in open science as an example of ongoing change in science and plan to continue studying trends in academic research (e.g. the use of ChatGPT). In my work I examine how knowledge and research products move and change between minds, labs, hard drives, and journals as well as how those moves might recursively shape (structure) the knowledge and products themselves. This is the work of studying knowledge infrastructures. If scientific research is meant to be a paragon of trustworthiness and unbiased reporting, I ask: What do stakeholders do to pursue that goal? Is there agreement about what science is meant to be? How do technology and culture affect research outcomes?
Outside of professional life, I am a craft dilettante, single-speed cyclist, mediocre boulderer, and patio gardener. My husband, Chris, and I live with our dog, Zula, and cat, Fred, in an increasingly plant filled home in Salt Lake City, Utah. Always on the lookout for elevation change, I love to travel to find a good trail to explore or mountain to climb.
I usually go by Hannah (a nickname given to me by my palindrome loving father). But, my legal and publishing name is Johanna Cohoon.
I am studying the user experience of a testbed for cloud computing research. My collaborators and I are seeking to improve usability, better align platform use with the scholarly publication cycle, and support reproducibility.Learn more
I studied how open science advocates pursue their goals by leveraging technology and how researchers expected to use that technology respond to advocates' efforts.Learn more
I collected and analyzed qualitative trace and interview data from grant-funded software projects to study how PIs attempted to make sustainable scientific software.Learn more
I co-managed several hundred researchers and their replication projects as we worked together to estimate the replicability of psychological research. Our results were published in Science Magazine.Learn more