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Margaret Roberts

Assistant Professor of Political Science, UC San Diego

Margaret Roberts studies political methodology and the politics of information, with a specific focus on the methods of automated content analysis and politics of censorship in China. She uses large, online datasets to reverse-engineer the content of censorship and online propaganda in China and estimate its impact on citizens' access to information. Professor Roberts received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2014 and M.S. in statistics from Stanford University in 2009.


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