About

Molly King a sociologist who studies inequalities in information and knowledge and the implications of these inequalities for people's lives. Her areas of focus are the sociology of knowledge and information, inequality, health, science, public policy, and network analysis.

Her dissertation looks at inequalities in "information capital" and how this type of inequality has changed over time. 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, she pursues 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.

At the relational level, who takes the credit for the creation of new knowledge? To look at this, Molly collaborates on the Eigenfactor project to study the impact of gender on academic publishing (with Carl Bergstrom, Jevin West, Shelley Correll, and Jennifer Jacquet). They have analyzed the relationship between gender and author order, finding that women are underrepresented as sole authors and in the prestige positions of first and last author. Their second paper examines gender and self-citation, finding that men are 57% more likely to cite their own previous academic work than women. This line of research has been covered by Nature News, The Washington Post, The Times of London,and The Chronicle of Higher Education, among others.

Before returning to school, she worked as a research assistant with the Care Management Plus team 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. She also worked with the Oregon Health Information Technology Center to develop curricula and training materials for practitioners around new federal requirements. She holds a B.A. in Biology from Reed College, as well as a M.A. in Sociology from Stanford University.