Women in AI: Sarah Kreps, professor of government at Cornell

Interview with Sarah Kreps: A Professor Leading the Way in AI Research

Insights from a Government Professor at Cornell University


In this interview series, we shine a light on outstanding women making significant contributions to the rapidly advancing field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Today, we feature Sarah Kreps, a political scientist, US Air Force veteran, and analyst based at Cornell University. Her groundbreaking research explores the potential and risks of AI technology, particularly in the political realm.


Sarah Kreps began her career in emerging technologies with national security implications during her tenure as an Air Force officer. After serving for four years, she pursued a Ph.D., focusing on the national security implications of emerging technologies. With the advent of autonomous systems, she recognized the significance of artificial intelligence in shaping the future.

Discovering AI:

At a Washington, DC think tank, Sarah attended an artificial intelligence workshop presented by OpenAI. She was intrigued by the possibilities of creating credible disinformation at scale and manipulating voter psychology effectively through AI. This concern stemmed from the growing investment in AI and its potential impact on democratic processes.

Proud Work:

One of Sarah’s most notable achievements includes conducting a field experiment evaluating the credibility of politically-driven AI-generated content. Although she didn’t bring the tool to market, her findings demonstrated the disruptive potential of AI in influencing legislative agendas.

Navigating Challenges:

As a woman in the predominantly male-dominated tech industry, Sarah recommends finding mentors, developing essential skills, taking on challenging projects, and staying resilient.

Advice to Women:

For aspiring women in AI, Sarah encourages skill development, self-confidence, and embracing opportunities within the field.

Future Concerns:

Some critical concerns facing AI include ensuring alignment with societal values and understanding the consequences of programming large language models with specific values. Users must remain vigilant against false information and adopt a “trust but verify” approach.

Responsible Development:

To promote responsible AI development, Sarah advocates for transparency, accountability, and addressing the ethical considerations surrounding AI applications. By doing so, we can ensure that AI benefits society without causing harm.

Women in AI: Sarah Kreps, professor of government at Cornell