Researcher in information studies
Shazeda Ahmed is a researcher in information studies. She is a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center on Race and Digital Justice at the University of California, Los Angeles. She graduated with a PhD from the University of California Berkeley School of Information. Previously, she has been a researcher at Upturn, the Mercator Institute for China Studies, the Citizen Lab, Stanford University’s Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI), and the AI Now Institute. Ahmed was a Fulbright fellow at Peking University in Beijing, where she conducted field research on how tech firms and the Chinese government are collaborating on the country’s social credit system. Her additional work has explored emotion-recognition technologies in China, applications of artificial intelligence in Chinese courtrooms, and the epistemic culture of the emerging field of AI safety. Her work has been featured in outlets including the Financial Times, WIRED, the South China Morning Post, Logic Magazine, The Verge, CNBC, and Tech in Asia.