My research focuses on political communiation—the exchange of information between political actors—in authoritarian (non-democratic) countries. How autocrats constrain collective action through online censorship, propaganda, and responsiveness. How new media technologies allow regime insiders to manipulate information. How public preferences are arranged and formed as a result. I combine experimental and computational methods with large-scale datasets on political activity in China and other authoritarian regimes to examine these questions.
My book manuscript, When Autocrats Can’t Buy Stability, shows how welfare provision and surveillance aimed at preventing collective action in China instead intensifies contention and catalyzes collective action.
Muise, Daniel and Jennifer Pan. Forthcoming. “Online Field Experiments.” Asian Journal of Communication. 2018. (PDF)
King, Gary, Pan, Jennifer and Margaret E. Roberts. 2017. “How the Chinese Government Fabricates Social Media Posts for Strategic Distraction, not Engaged Argument.” American Political Science Review 111(3): 484-501. 2017. (PDF, Replication)
Pan, Jennifer. 2017. “How Market Dynamics of Domestic and Foreign Social Media Firms Shape Strategies of Internet Censorship.” Problems of Post-Communism 64(3-4): 167-188. (PDF)
Meng, Tianguang; Pan, Jennifer; and Ping Yang. 2017. “Conditional Receptivity to Citizen Participation: Evidence from a Survey Experiment in China.” Comparative Political Studies 50(4): 399–433. (PDF, Replication)
Monroe, Burt L.; Pan, Jennifer; Roberts, Margaret E.; Sen, Maya, and Betsy Sinclair. 2015. “No! Formal Theory, Causal Inference, and Big Data Are Not Contradictory Trends in Political Science.” PS: Political Science and Politics. (PDF)
King, Gary, Pan, Jennifer, and Margaret Roberts. 2014. “Reverse-engineering Censorship in China: Randomized Experimentation and Participant Observation.” Science 345, no. 6199: 1-10. (PDF, Supplement, Summary, Replication)
King, Gary, Pan, Jennifer, and Margaret Roberts. 2013. “How Censorship in China Allows Government Criticism but Silences Collective Expression.” American Political Science Review 107(2): 1-18. (PDF, Replication)
Zhang, Fujie, Hsu, Michael, Yu, Lan, Wen, Yi, Tuo, Jia, Zhang, Ruijuan, and Jennifer Pan. 2006. “Initiation of the National Free ART Program in Rural China,” in Joan Kaufman, Arthur Kleinman, and Tony Saich, eds. Social Policies and HIV/AIDS in China. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Asia Center, 96-124. (PDF)
Zhang, Fujie, Pan, Jennifer, Yu, Lan, Wen, Yi, Ma Ye, Zhao, Yan. 2005. “Current Progress of China’s Free ART Program.” Cell Research. 15(11-12): 877-882. (Link)
Zhang, Fujie, Wen, Yi, Yu, Lan, Ma, Ye, Pan, Jie and Yan Zhao. 2005. “Antiretroviral Therapy for HIV/AIDS and Current Situation of China Free ARV Program.” Science and Technology Review 7(23): 24-29. (Link)