Cornell University

PhD, Science and Technology Studies                                   Sep 2020 - 

New York University

MA, Media, Culture, and Communication                               Sep 2017 - May 2019

Nanjing Normal University

BA, Journalism                                                                        Sep 2013 - May 2017

Presentations & Talks

Zhao, Y. “Beyond Fixing: Algorithmic Identity-making and Facial Detectability Problems of Selfie Software,” Exception Error: Fatal, Illegal, Unknown, Special Interest Group for Computers, Information, and Society (SIGCIS) at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT’19), Milan, Italy, October 27, 2019.

Zhao, Y. “Face as a ‘Mathematical Problem’: History of Face Detection from Chinese Figural Art to Western Physiognomy,” Towards a History of Artificial Intelligence: Workshop at Columbia University, New York, NY, May 23-24, 2019. 

Zhao, Y. “Retouched Away: Self-tracking and the Biopolitics of Selfie Software,” InfoSocial Graduate Student Conference at Northwestern University (InfoSocial’19), Evanston, IL, April 12, 2019.


Yue Zhao, “Xiao Liu, Information Fantasies: Precarious Mediation in Postsocialist China,” International Journal of Communication 14, no. 0 (January 14, 2020): 3.


Sage Fellowship

Cornell Department of Science and Technology Studies                      Sep 2020


Mitchell Leaska Scholarship

NYU Department of Media, Culture, and Communication                    Apr 2019


Industrial experiences


PEN America

Communications Intern                                    Sep 2019 - Jan 2020

Wuxuduoyan (务虚多⾔): a podcast on technology, culture, and society

Co-founder & Host                                           2018 - present

MIT Technology Review China

Translator & Freelance editor                           2018


Radio Netherlands Worldwide Media

Digital Editorial Intern                                       2016 - 2017


Film Channel, Hunan Television

Assistant Editor                                                2014

Special training & skills

School of Visual Art, Certificate in Illustrator: Professional Techniques, 2019

Artistic: graphic design; digital illustration; photography; watercolor

Languages: Chinese (native); English (proficient); French (intermediate)