Molly Roberts

Assistant Professor of Political Science, UC San Diego

Molly Roberts received her Ph.D. at Harvard University’s Department of Government. Her pathbreaking work with Harvard University’s Gary King, using modern computer-assisted text analytic methods, has for the first time provided a rigorous understanding of when and why the Chinese government censors online dialogue. Roberts holds a master’s degree in statistics and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Stanford University. Molly is currently working on a project titled “Fear or Friction? How Censorship Slows the Spread of Information in the Digital Age,” which looks to offer a theoretical model for the Chinese censorship regime.


GPS news article: "Unveiling objectives of China’s censorship"

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“Topic Models for Open Ended Survey Responses with Applications to Experiments,” (co-authored), American Journal of Political Science (forthcoming)

“How Censorship in China Allows Government Criticism but Silences Collective Expression,” with Gary King and Jennifer Pan, American Political Science Review (forthcoming)

“Presystolic Mitral Annular Septal-Lateral Shortening is Independent from Left Atrial and Left Ventricular Contraction During Acute Volume Depletion,” (co-authored), European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery

Working Papers

“How Robust Standard Errors Expose Methodological Problems They Do Not Fix,” with Gary King

“The U.S.-China Trade Relationship: Explaining U.S. Anti-Dumping Duties on China,” Stanford Center for International Development working paper number 360