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Molly M. King

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Molly M. King
Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology, Stanford University
B.A., Biology, Reed College, 2009
M.A., Sociology, Stanford University, 2015


My research program focuses on who "owns" knowledge and the implications of that for inequality.  

My dissertation looks at inequalities in knowledge. It examines at what people know, across all domains of knowledge (e.g. health, religion, sports, history), and how this knowledge is affected by class, gender and race. Specifically, I pursue this by grouping knowledge domains into categories of social significance, and analyzing the distribution of correct factual knowledge in each of these domains by gender, class, and race/ethnicity.

I also collaborate on the Eigenfactor project to study the impact of gender on academic publishing.  We have analyzed the relationship between gender and author orderfinding that women are underrepresented as sole authors and in the prestige positions of first and last author. We have also found that women are much less likely than men to cite their own previous work.  This line of research has been covered by Nature News, Science Careers, Salon, FiveThirtyEightInside Higher Ed, and The Chronicle of Higher Education,among others.
Before returning to school, I worked as a research assistant for David A. Dorr in the Department of Medical Informatics at Oregon Health and Science University. Our research focused on clinical team structures and information technologies that support higher quality, lower cost health care for patients with chronic conditions. I completed my undergraduate studies in Biology at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. In addition to studying genetics and sociology, I was active in the Student Senate, and I also handled radioactive fuel as a senior nuclear reactor operator (no, really).

For more information on my previous and current research, please see my CV or my website.

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Aug 1 2016
Doctoral student Molly M. King and Professor Shelley Correll’s pre-print Men set their own cites high: Gender and self-citation across fields and over timehas been widely covered in the press, including: