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 Assistant Professor of Communication, and an Assistant Professor, by courtesy, of Political Science and Sociology at Stanford University. She focuses on the politics of authoritarian (non-democratic) countries in the digital age. How autocrats constrain collective action through online censorship, propaganda, and responsiveness. How information proliferation influences the ability of authoritarian regimes to conduct surveillance. How public preferences are arranged and formed. Pan combines experimental and computational methods with large-scale datasets on political activity in China and other authoritarian regimes to examine these questions. Pan’s work has appeared in peer reviewed publications such as the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Politics, and Science.
Pan advises students, typically with backgrounds in statistics, computer science, and applied math, interested in using quantitative methods to study political communication in non-democratic countries.
Pan received her Ph.D. from Harvard University’s Department of Government in 2015. She graduated from Princeton University, summa cum laude, in 2004, and until 2009, she was a consultant at McKinsey & Company based in New York and Beijing. Jennifer has also worked for the Chinese Center for Disease Control and the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative.