During her year at CASBS, Jennifer Pan will focus on how government propaganda works in the era of digital technology. How is the production and dissemination of propaganda changing? What are governments, in particular non-democratic governments, trying to accomplish through propaganda? How does propaganda influence public beliefs, preferences, and behaviors? She will examine these question by focusing on how the Chinese government engages in propaganda within and beyond its borders and by combining online experiments with large-scale observational data.
This project builds on Pan’s work showing how authoritarian governments constrain collective action through online censorship, propaganda, and responsiveness. Pan studies the effects of new media technologies on autocrats’ ability to manipulate information, and how public preferences are arranged and formed as a result. Her 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. After receiving her AB from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, she completed her PhD in government at Harvard University.
Pan is an assistant professor of communication, and an assistant professor, by courtesy, of political science and sociology at Stanford University.