Molly is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego. Her research interests lie in the intersection of political methodology and the politics of information, with a specific focus on methods of automated content analysis and the politics of censorship in China.
She received a PhD from Harvard in Government (2014), MS from Stanford in Statistics (2009) and BA from Stanford in International Relations and Economics (2009). Her dissertation used blogs, online experiments, and large collections of newspaper articles to understand the influence of censorship and propaganda on the spread of information in China and the United States. Currently, she is working on a variety of additional projects that span censorship, propaganda, topic models, and other methods of text analysis. Some of this work has appeared or is forthcoming in the American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review,Science, and Political Analysis.