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Bi ZhaoBi Zhao

Assistant Professor
300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
Phone: 509.777.4844
Fax: 509.777.None listed
Office Location: Lindaman Sem.Center 203


Ph.D., M.A. Purdue University

M.A. Fudan University, Shanghai, China

B.A. Peking University, Beijing, China

Year Joined Whitworth Faculty


Areas of Specialization / Expertise

International Relations, global environmental governance, international organizations, non-state actors, human rights, quantitative and computational social science methods (network analysis and automated text analysis).

Selected Publications / Presentations / Honors


  • “Who Did What for Whom? Amnesty International’s Urgent Actions as Activist-Generated Data.” (with Ann Marie Clark). 2020. Journal of Human Rights. 19(1):46-66.


  • “Consolidation and fragmentation: NGO collaboration at the UN Climate Summits,” presentation accepted at the American Political Science Association Annual Conference (2020).
  • “A territorial divide: the construction of identity among climate advocacy groups,” presentation accepted at the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action’s Annual Conference (2020).
  • “Double deficit: Explaining collaborative variations among civil society groups,” at American Political Science Association Annual Conference (2019).
  • “A text analysis on global climate change rhetoric,” at Politics and Computational Social Science Conference (2019). “NGO network at the UNFCCC: a two-stage process,” at Political Network Conference (2019).
  • "Institutional involvement of Transnational Social Movement Organizations at the UN climate summits,” at the Workshop on Transnational Social Movements and Global Change, University of Pittsburgh (2018).


  • Best Poster Award, Political Network Conference, Political Network Section of American Political Science Association (2019)
  • National Science Foundation Fellowship for Political Network Conference (2019)
  • Purdue Research Foundation Dissertation Research Grant (2019)
  • PROMISE Grants for Field Research (2016-2019)
  • Frank Wilson Field Research Awards (2017, 2018)