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Dr. Annette Zimmermann

Research Fellow

Annette Zimmermann is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, specializing in the political and moral philosophy of AI. At the Weizenbaum Institute, Zimmermann is completing a book on democratizing AI deployment decisions.

Zimmermann (DPhil, University of Oxford, 2018) is also an Affiliate Professor at UW’s Department of Statistics, a member of UW’s cluster in the ethics of computing, data, and information, and the Co-Founder of the Philosophy of AI & Data Lab. Zimmermann also co-leads the interdisciplinary “Uncertainty and AI” research group on campus and serves on UW’s RISE AI Thought Leaders Committee. Before that, Zimmermann was a permanent Lecturer (US equivalent: Assistant Professor) at the University of York’s Department of Philosophy (2020-22) and a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University’s Center for Human Values and Center for Information Technology Policy (2018-20).

Zimmermann is the recipient of UW-Madison’s 2023-26 Vilas Early Career Investigator Award, Harvard University’s 2020-2023 Technology and Human Rights Fellowship, the American Philosophical Association’s 2021 Public Philosophy prize, and the Hastings Center’s 2020 Early-Career Essay Prize in Science, Ethics, and Society.

Positions at Weizenbaum Institut

Research Fellow

Forschungsgruppe: Data, Algorithmic Systems and Ethics



Fields of research

Democratizing AI, Algorithmic Justice, Ethics of Risk and Uncertainty


Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID): 0000-0001-8214-550X

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