Scott Singer

BA Chicago MPhil Oxon

Research Topic:

Emerging Technology and Foreign Policy: A Public Opinion Perspective
International Relations Network
Balliol College
DPhil International Relations

I am a PhD (DPhil) candidate in International Relations at Balliol College, University of Oxford. My doctoral research explores how emerging technology brings security issues from the national to the individual level, with implications for how public opinion will influence the development, deployment, and regulation of frontier artificial intelligence. My research is generously funded by the University of Oxford's Clarendon Scholarship and Balliol College's Marvin Bower Scholarship.

In addition to my PhD work, I am the co-founder and director of the Oxford China Policy Lab, an interdisciplinary hub of China-focused research based at the University of Oxford. My team and I produce policy-relevant research to mitigate structural risks for third countries resulting from US-China great power competition, with particular focus on AI and other emerging technologies. I have provided evidence to the UK Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee. I have also written in and been quoted in outlets such as Foreign Policy, Bloomberg, and the US-China Perception Monitor.

I previously obtained a BA with Honors in Economics and Fundamentals: Issues and Texts from the University of Chicago and MPhil with Distinction in International Relations from the University of Oxford.

Select Awards

  • Clarendon Scholarship

  • Balliol College Marvin Bower Scholarship

  • National Bureau of Asian Research Chinese Language Fellow

  • Howell Murray Alumni Association Award

  • Departmental Honors, Fundamentals: Issues and Texts

  • Maroon Key Society Inductee

  • Phillip Ng Foreign Language Acquisition Grant for East Asia


  • English (native)

  • Mandarin (estimated C1)

  • Spanish (estimated B2)


My substantive interests include:

  • Emerging technology and AI

  • International security

  • Public opinion

  • US foreign policy

  • Political economy

I am particularly interested in the following contexts:

  • US-China bilateral relations

  • Third countries navigating US-China relations

  • Cross-strait relations

  • Israel-Palestinian conflict

Scott Singer