Lecture Series Jan 2021: Jennifer Pan › view all

"Welfare for Autocrats: How Social Assistance in China Cares for Its Rulers"

January 20, 2021 - 17:30 - 19:00
Event type: public

We are happy to announce that the next BIGSSS Lecture Series will host Prof. Jennifer Pan, PhD (Stanford University). The lecture on her recent publication "Welfare for Autocrats: How Social Assistance in China Cares for Its Rulers" is planned for 20 January 2021 at 5:30 pm (sharp). Zoom here.

Jennifer Pan is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Stanford University. Her research focuses on political communication and authoritarian politics. Pan uses experimental and computational methods with large-scale datasets on political activity in China and other authoritarian regimes to answer questions about how autocrats perpetuate their rule. How political censorship, propaganda, and information manipulation work in the digital age. How preferences and behaviors are shaped as a result.

Her book, Welfare for Autocrats: How Social Assistance in China Cares for its Rulers (Oxford, 2020) shows how China's pursuit of political order transformed the country’s main social assistance program, Dibao, for repressive purposes. 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.