Nan Zhang, Ph.D.

Senior Research Fellow
Contact Information
+49 228 91416-854

Research Focus: 

Experimental social science, political institutions, social norms and political culture.

My research aims to understand how some societies manage to achieve and sustain the civic "good life" - i.e. people pay their taxes, few individuals offer or demand bribes, citizens trust their compatriots to be honest and law abiding - while other societies are mired in corruption and political malfunction. To explain this variation, my work leverages both experimental and observational data to study how government institutions and policies shape social norms, beliefs and intrinsic motivations to "do the right thing."

Academic Career: 
  • Sept 2016 – present: Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods
  • 2014 – 2016: Max Weber Fellow, European University Institute
  • 2014: PhD in Political Science, Stanford University
  • 2011: JD Stanford Law School, Stanford University
  • 2006: BA in Economics and Political Science, University of California, Berkeley

Publications / Working Papers