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Critical Issues Confronting China Series Featuring Jennifer Pan – Wielding Welfare to Support Autocracy

January 26, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Speaker: Jennifer Pan, Associate Professor of Communication, Stanford University
Moderator: William Overholt, Senior Research Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School

Jennifer Pan is an Associate 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.

She graduated from Princeton University, summa cum laude, and received her Ph.D. from Harvard University’s Department of Government.

Presented via Zoom Webinar
Register at https://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bgayHfbUSx6w_9SbH2BsdQ

This seminar will not be recorded for delayed viewing.


January 26, 2022
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies

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