Assistant Professor, Political Science
Ph.D., Yale University, 2020
Baobao Zhang joins the political science department in
the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs as a tenure-track
assistant professor of political Science in fall 2021. She is also an affiliate
with Maxwell’s Autonomous Systems Policy Institute. At Syracuse University,
Zhang will teach classes in American politics, technology and public policy and
quantitative analysis, including governance and ethics of artificial intelligence
Prior to joining Syracuse University, Zhang was a Klarman
Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell University (2020-2021) and a postdoctoral associate
at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2019-2020). She served as a
research affiliate with Centre for the Governance of AI, University of Oxford (2018-2020)
and a fellow with the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, Harvard
University (2019-2020). She was named a CIFAR Azireli Global Scholar in 2021 and received a National Science Graduate Research Fellowship in 2014.
Her current research focuses on trust in digital
technology and the governance of artificial intelligence (AI). She studies (1)
public and elite opinion toward AI, (2) how the American welfare state could
adapt to the increasing automation of labor, and (3) attitudes toward COVID-19
surveillance technology. Her previous research covered a wide range of topics,
including the politics of the U.S. welfare state, attitudes towards climate
change, and survey methodology. She is currently co-editing the "Oxford
Handbook of AI Governance," under contract with Oxford University Press.
Zhang earned a Ph.D. in 2020, a M.A. in 2015 and a B.A.
in 2013, all from from Yale University. She also was an exchange scholar with
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2018-2019 and 2015-2016 and Nuffield
College, University of Oxford 2017-2018.
“Ethics and Governance of Artifcial Intelligence: Evidence from a Survey of Machine Learning Researchers.” (Baobao Zhang, Markus Anderljung, Lauren Kahn, Noemi Dreksler, Michael C. Horowitz, Allan Dafoe), 2021, forthcoming in the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research.
“COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance and Hesitancy in Low and Middle Income Countries, and Implications for Messaging.” (Julio S. Solís Arce,...,Baobao Zhang, ..., Ahmed Mushfq Mobarak), 2021, forthcoming in Nature Medicine.
“Skilled and Mobile: Survey Evidence of Immigration Preferences of AI Researchers.” (Remco Zwetsloot, Baobao Zhang, Noemi Dreksler, Lauren Kahn, Markus Anderljung, Allan Dafoe, and Michael C. Horowitz), 2021, the Proceedings of the 2021 AAAI/ACM Conference on AI, Ethics, and Society.
“Americans’ Perceptions of Privacy and Surveillance in the COVID-19 Pandemic” (Baobao Zhang, Sarah Kreps, Nina McMurry, and R. Miles McCain), 2020, PLoS ONE 15(12): e0242652. Coverage in Bloomberg and IEEE Spectrum; shared with the World Health Organization. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0242652
“Factors Associated with US Adults’ Likelihood of Accepting COVID-19 Vaccination: Evidence from a Choice-Based Conjoint Analysis” (Sarah Kreps, Sandip Prasad, ..., Baobao Zhang, Douglas L. Kriner), 2020, JAMA Network Open, 3(10):e2025594. DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.25594
“Scientists’ Political Behaviors Are Not Driven by Individual-level Government Benefits.” (Baobao Zhang and Matto Mildenberger), 2020, PLoS ONE, 15(5):e0230961. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0230961
“U.S. Public Opinion on the Governance of Artificial Intelligence.” (Baobao Zhang and Allan Dafoe), 2020, the Proceedings of the 2020 AAAI/ACM Conference on AI, Ethics, and Society. DOI: 10.1145/3375627.3375827
“Coercion and Provocation.” (Allan Dafoe, Sophia Hatz, and Baobao Zhang), forthcoming in the Journal of Conflict Resolution. DOI: 10.1177/0022002720957078
“Quota Sampling Using Facebook Advertisements.” (Baobao Zhang, Matto Mildenberger, Peter D. Howe, Jennifer Marlon, Seth Rosenthal, and Anthony Leiserowitz), 2020, Political Science Research and Methods, 8(3), 558–564. doi:10.1017/psrm.2018.49. DOI: 10.1017/psrm.2018.49
“Experimental Effects of Climate Messages Vary Geographically.” (Baobao Zhang, Sander van der Linden, Matto Mildenberger, Peter D. Howe, Jennifer Marlon, and Anthony Leiserowitz), 2018, Nature Climate Change, 8:370–374. DOI: 10.1038/s41558-018-0122-0
“Information Equivalence in Survey Experiments.” (Allan Dafoe, Baobao Zhang, and Devin Caughey), 2018, Political Analysis, 26(4):399–416. DOI: 10.1017/pan.2018.9
“Viewpoint: When Will AI Exceed Human Performance? Evidence from AI Experts.” (Katja Grace, John Salvatier, Allan Dafoe, Baobao Zhang, and Owain Evans), 2018, Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research, 62: 729-754. DOI: 10.1613/jair.1.11222
“Results of a Nationwide Capacity Survey of 94 Hospitals Providing Trauma Care in War-affected Syria, April 2015.” (with Hani Mowaf et al.), 2016, JAMA Surgery, 151(9):815-822. DOI: 10.1001/jamasurg.2016.1297
Research Grants and Awards
CIFAR-Jacobs Foundation Seed Grant (2021), with
Kou Murayama, Catherine Lebel, Julia Moeller, Drew Bailey, and Adeel Razi
Social Science Research Council Just Tech
Covid-19 Rapid-Response Grant (2020), with Sarah Kreps, Nina McMurray, and
OECD Future of Work Fellowship (2019)
Russell Sage Foundation Behavioral Economics
Grant (2019), with David Knight
Ethics and Governance of AI Fund Grant (2018), with