Baobao Zhang

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Graduate School Student


30 Wadsworth Street (Rm 470)
Cambridge, MA 02142 USA
(203) 903-4043


I am a PhD candidate in Yale University’s Political Science Department, a research affiliate with the Center for the Governance of AI at the University of Oxford, and a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. 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. My papers have been published in Political Analysis, Nature Climate Change, the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research, and JAMA Surgery. My research and graduate education have been funded by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, the Yale Institution for Social and Policy, and the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund.
I graduated with a BA in political science (2013) and an MA in statistics (2015) from Yale University. During graduate school, I worked as a data scientist for the Yale Project for Climate Change Communication and a researcher to former Secretary of State John Kerry.


  • “Quota Sampling Using Facebook Advertisements.” (Baobao Zhang, Matto Mildenberger, Peter D. Howe, Jennifer Marlon, Seth Rosenthal, and Anthony Leiserowitz), 2018, forthcoming at Political Science Research and Methods.
  • “Experimental Effects of Climate Messages Vary Geographically.” (Baobao Zhang, Sander van der Linden, Matto Mildenberger, Peter D. Howe, Jennifer Marlon, and Anthony Leiserowitz) Nature Climate Change, 2018, 8:370–374.
  • “Information Equivalence in Survey Experiments.” (Allan Dafoe, Baobao Zhang, and Devin Caughey) Political Analysis, 2018, 26(4):399–416.
  • “Viewpoint: When Will AI Exceed Human Performance? Evidence from AI Experts.” (Katja Grace, John Salvatier, Allan Dafoe, Baobao Zhang, and Owain Evans) Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research, 2018, 62: 729-754. No. 16 on Altmetric’s top 100 most-discussed articles of 2017.
  • “Results of a Nationwide Capacity Survey of 94 Hospitals Providing Trauma Care in War-affected Syria, April 2015.” (with Hani Mowafi et al.) JAMA Surgery, 2016, 151(9):815-822. Coverage by Reuters.

Technical Reports:

  • “Artificial Intelligence: American Attitudes and Trends.” (Baobao Zhang and Allan Dafoe), 2019, Center for the Governance of AI, Future of Humanity Institute, University of Oxford. Coverage by Vox, MIT Technology Review, and Bloomberg News.
  • “Challenges to Democracy at Home and Abroad.” (Baobao Zhang), 2019, Kerry Initiative, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale University

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Fields of Interest:

  • Public Opinion
  • American Politics
  • Quantitative Methods 

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