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Max Kleiman-Weiner
Office: 537

Foster School of Business
University of Washington
Box: N/A
Seattle, WA 98105

Max Kleiman-Weiner

Assistant Professor of Marketing and International Business


PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2018)
MSc University of Oxford (2012)
BS Stanford University (2009)

Academic Expertise

artificial intelligence
consumer behavior

Positions Held

At the University of Washington since 2024
Co-Founder and Chief Scientist at Common Sense Machines since 2020
Fellow at Harvard University, 2018-2020
Co-Founder and Chief Scientist at Diffeo (Acquired by Salesforce), 2012-2019
Summer Associate at McKinsey & Company, 2010

Selected Publications

  1. Most people do not “value the struggle”: Tempted agents are judged as less virtuous than those who were never tempted
    Journal Article:McManus, Ryan M; Fong, Helen Padilla; Kleiman-Weiner, Max; Young, Liane; , (2024). Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Vol. 113, pp. 104615.
  2. Emotion prediction as computation over a generative theory of mind
    Journal Article:Houlihan, Sean Dae; Kleiman-Weiner, Max; Hewitt, Luke B; Tenenbaum, Joshua B; Saxe, Rebecca; , (2023). Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, Vol. 381(2251), pp. 20220047.
  3. Too Many Cooks: Bayesian Inference for Coordinating Multi‐Agent Collaboration
    Journal Article:Wu*, Sarah A; Wang*, Rose E; Evans, James A; Tenenbaum, Joshua B; Parkes, David C; Kleiman‐Weiner, Max; , (2021). Topics in Cognitive Science, Vol. 13(2), pp. 414-432.
  4. Drivers are blamed more than their automated cars when both make mistakes
    Journal Article:Awad, Edmond; Levine, Sydney; Kleiman-Weiner, Max; Dsouza, Sohan; Tenenbaum, Joshua B; Shariff, Azim; Bonnefon, Jean-François; Rahwan, Iyad; , (2020). Nature human behaviour, Vol. 4(2), pp. 134-143.
  5. What we owe to family: The impact of special obligations on moral judgment
    Journal Article:McManus, Ryan M; Kleiman-Weiner, Max; Young, Liane; , (2020). Psychological Science, Vol. 31(3), pp. 227-242.
  6. The logic of universalization guides moral judgment
    Journal Article:Levine, Sydney; Kleiman-Weiner, Max; Schulz, Laura; Tenenbaum, Joshua; Cushman, Fiery; , (2020). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Vol. 117(42), pp. 26158-26169.
  7. People make the same Bayesian judgment they criticize in others
    Journal Article:Cao, Jack; Kleiman-Weiner, Max; Banaji, Mahzarin R; , (2019). Psychological Science, Vol. 30(1), pp. 20-31.
  8. Theory of minds: Understanding behavior in groups through inverse planning
    Journal Article:Shum*, Michael; Kleiman-Weiner*, Max; Littman, Michael L; Tenenbaum, Joshua B; , (2019). Proceedings of the AAAI conference on artificial intelligence, Vol. 33(1), pp. 6163-6170.
  9. Finding friend and foe in multi-agent games
    Journal Article:Serrino*, Jack; Kleiman-Weiner*, Max; Parkes, David C; Tenenbaum, Joshua B; , (2019). Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems, Vol. 32,
  10. Towards formal definitions of blameworthiness, intention, and moral responsibility
    Journal Article:Halpern, Joseph; Kleiman-Weiner, Max; , (2018). Proceedings of the AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Vol. 32(1),
  11. Learning a commonsense moral theory
    Journal Article:Kleiman-Weiner, Max; Saxe, Rebecca; Tenenbaum, Joshua B;, (2017). Cognition,
  12. Statistically inaccurate and morally unfair judgements via base rate intrusion
    Journal Article:Cao, Jack; Kleiman-Weiner, Max; Banaji, Mahzarin R; , (2017). Nature Human Behaviour, Vol. 1(10), pp. 738-742.

Honors and Awards

Modeling Prize for Higher-Level Cognition, Cognitive Science Society, 2020

Best Paper Award, Cooperative AI Workshop, NeurIPS, 2020

Glushko Dissertation Prize, Cognitive Science Society, 2019

Best Paper Award, Reinforcement Learning and Decision Making, 2017

William James Prize, Society for Philosophy and Psychology, 2017

Angus MacDonald Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2016

Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 2011

Fulbright Research Fellowship (China), 2011

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, 2009

Marshall Scholar, 2009

Barry M. Goldwater Scholar, 2008