Jennifer Pan is an Assistant Professor of Communication, Assistant Professor, by courtesy, of Political Science, Assistant Professor, by courtesy, of Sociology at Stanford University. Her research examines information control and communication in authoritarian regimes to reveal political choices and outcomes in these opaque societies. Much of Pan’s work focuses on China and employs computational methods with large-scale digital data as well as field experiments for causal inference. Pan’s work has appeared in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, and Science. Pan received the 2014 Kellogg/Notre Dame Award for the best paper in comparative politics by the Midwest Political Science Association.
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 and developing countries.
Pan received her PhD 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.