Jennifer Pan

Associate Professor
McClatchy Hall, Rm. 330

Pan's research examines information control and communication in authoritarian regimes to reveal political choices and outcomes in these opaque societies.

Jennifer Pan is an Associate Professor of Communication, and an Associate Professor, by courtesy, of Political Science and Sociology at Stanford University. Her research resides at the intersection of political communication and authoritarian politics, using experimental and computational methods to answer questions about how authoritarian governments try to control society, how the public responds, and when and why each is successful.

Her book, Welfare for Autocrats: How Social Assistance in China Cares for its Rulers (Oxford, 2020) shows how China’s pursuit of political order transformed the country’s main social assistance program, Dibao, for repressive purposes. Her work has appeared in peer-reviewed publications such as the American Political Science ReviewAmerican Journal of Political ScienceJournal of Politics, and Science.

Pan received her Ph.D. from Harvard University’s Department of Government and her B.A., summa cum laude, from Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs. She has also worked for McKinsey & Company, the Chinese Center for Disease Control, and the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative.