Like many members of the Owl’s Head team, Kristin Harper’s path to web development was a winding one …with a crucial U-turn in the middle. Before becoming a tech professional, Kristin had been finishing a PhD in cinema studies at NYU. She was at the A.B.D. stage—all but dissertation—when, looking ahead to what her next step would be, she did some reassessing, deciding that after so many years in academia, she was ready to upend her master plan.
What crystalized for Kristin was that she really wanted to spend her time creating something new rather than studying things that had already been created by others. She was also ready for a work environment that was less isolated and more collaborative than doing research, preparing lectures, writing articles and watching films.
Her switch to tech was not as knee-jerking, out-of-the-blue as it might sound, as she had been an early adopter of many technologies before her years in academia and had always understood the tech world. Kristin sums up this connection, “Abstract languages combined with a visual output just made a lot of sense to me.” She appreciates the way web development combines creativity with problem-solving, and the academic in her embraces working in a field where there is always something new to learn.
FUN FACT: Kristin has seen every episode of “RuPauls Drag Race” multiple times.