Baobao Zhang

Political Science + Tech Policy

Baobao Zhang

I am a Klarman Postdoctoral Fellow in the Cornell Society of Fellows. At Cornell, I am based in the Department of Government; I have a secondary affiliation with the Department of Information Science. In Fall 2021, I will start as an assistant professor of Political Science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. I am also a research affiliate with the Centre for the Governance of AI at the University of Oxford and a CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar.

My current research focuses on trust in digital technology and the governance of artificial intelligence (AI). I study (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. My previous research covered a wide range of topics, including the politics of the U.S. welfare state, attitudes towards climate change, and survey methodology.

I graduated with a PhD in political science (2020) and an MA in statistics (2015) from Yale University. In 2019-2020, I worked as a postdoctoral fellow in MIT’s Political Science Department and a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.