Yishu Mao (dark long hair, white shirt) smiling into the camera

Yishu Mao

Predoctoral Fellow (Aug 2020-Aug 2024)

Mao Yishu is a PhD candidate at the Department of Communication and Media Research, University of Zurich. She holds an MA in global studies from Humboldt University in Berlin, and spent parts of her studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi as well as the Latin American Social Sciences Institute (FLACSO) in Buenos Aires to conduct research on globalization from the Global South perspective. Before that, she studied literature and digital humanities at Bard College in New York.

She has worked at Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) on a range of topics including the ideology of Chinese overseas students, digital development, and the intersection of online public opinion and policymaking in China.

Her current research focuses on the ethics and values in the development of science and technology in China, particularly in the field of Artificial Intelligence. Mao Yishu will also work on a study of the complex role of Chinese scientists in the COVID-19 crisis, in collaboration with Anna Lisa Ahlers and other members of the group.


Imaginaries of Artificial Intelligence: Framing Governance in Germany, China, and the US


Turbulent Transmissions: The Public Roles of Chinese Scientists in the Covid-19 Crisis


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Selected Publications

Mao, Yishu and Kristin Shi-Kupfer (2023). “Online Public Discourse on Artificial Intelligence and Ethics in China: Context, Content, and Implications.” AI and Society 38 (1): 373–389. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00146-021-01309-7.

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Mao, Yishu and Kristin Shi-Kupfer (2020). “What’s hyped and what’s real: The State’s Innovation Ambitions versus Society’s Concerns — Social Media Discussions on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Ethics in China.” In Deutsch-chinesische…

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Arcesati , Rebecca, Anna Holzmann , Yishu Mao, Manlai Nyamdorj , Kristin Shi-Kupfer, Kai von Carnap, and Claudia Wessling (2020). China’s Digital Platform Economy: Assessing Developments Towards Industry 4.0. Challenges and opportunities for German…

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Mao, Yishu (2020). Conflicted Hearts and Minds: A Survey of the Political Attitudes of Chinese Students in Germany China Monitor. MERICS Mercator Institute for China Studies. https://merics.org/en/report/conflicted-hearts-and-minds.

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Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities

How the Chinese Public View AI

Leverhulme Center for Future Intelligence, Cambridge University
Berggruen China Center, Peking University

Program and Abstracts
AI Ethics in China

Science Fiction from China, Freie Universität Berlin

Key Opinion Leaders on Social Media and Policymaking in China

Center for Cultural Studies on Science and Technology in China, Technische Universität Berlin