About

Molly King's areas of focus are the sociology of knowledge and information, inequality, networks, science, and health.

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

Prior to Graduate School
Before returning to school, Molly worked as a research assistant for David A. Dorr with the Care Management Plus team in the Department of Medical Informatics at Oregon Health and Science University. Their research focused on clinical team structures and information technologies that support higher quality, lower cost health care for patients with chronic conditions. Molly completed her undergraduate studies in Biology at Reed College in Portland, Oregon.