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I am a Klarman Postdoctoral Fellow in the Cornell Society of Fellows. At Cornell, I will be working in the Department of Government, with a secondary affiliation with the Department of Information Science. In Fall 2021, I will start as an assistant professor at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. At Maxwell, I will be a part of the Department of Political Science and an affiliate of the Autonomous Systems Policy Institute. I am also a research affiliate with the Centre for the Governance of AI at the University of Oxford.

My current research focuses on the governance of artificial intelligence (AI). In particular, I study public and elite opinion toward AI and how the American welfare state could adapt to the increasing automation of labor. 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.


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BKC Medium Collection

Contribution to a European Agenda for AI

Improving Risk Management, Building Strong Governance, Accelerating Education and Research

Jun 26, 2020
PBS

Artificial Intelligence: The Global Race for the New Frontier

BKC fellow Baobao Zhang appeared in the PBS documentary series "Great Decisions" on the possibilities and dangers of AI

Mar 20, 2020
Brookings

Public opinion lessons for AI regulation

How public opinion will likely shape the regulation of three applications of AI in the US

Dec 10, 2019
SSRN

No Rage Against the Machines

Threat of Automation Does Not Change Policy Preferences, finds Baobao Zhang

Sep 19, 2019