Research

Papers and reports are grouped by research topic. Click on a title to download a PDF of the publication (when available).

You can view reproducibility details (including code and, when available, data) for some projects at my Open Science Framework repository or GitHub repository.

Gender & Scientific Careers

Producing and owning knowledge has great potential power to affect inequality through the control of these resources. An important component of understanding who "owns" knowledge is understanding who takes the credit for the creation of new knowledge. With the support of a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, I have worked with an interdisciplinary team to study gender inequalities in the academic workplace, using academic publishing as a case study. My network analyses of citation patterns in 1.5 million JSTOR research articles find that women academics are underrepresented in the prestige positions of first and sole author and significantly less likely to cite their own previous work. My findings have implications for academic career paths for women, through ramifications for cumulative disadvantage. Both articles on gender and science are in the top 5% of all research articles discussed by non-scientists (according to metrics from Altmetric.com) and both have been extensively covered by the news media, underscoring my commitment to public sociology.

Open & Reproducible Science

Advancing research on reproducibility and transparency in the social science community is a natural extension of my research on knowledge inequality. As a scholar employing large data sets in my research, I have also conducted research on the challenges facing reproducible and open social science. Together with Jeremy Freese, I study how institutions and research infrastructure constrain and enable efforts toward greater transparency in social science. We make numerous research-based recommendations for policy and institutional change at various levels to promote a healthy social science ecosystem.

Health Care

I have been involved with the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality throughout most of my graduate school career. As part of this work, I have produced research reports on health disparities by race, gender, income, and intersections of these identities across the United States. Prior to graduate school, I worked as a Research Assistant 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.

Other

  • Gupta, Agam, Molly M. King, James Magdanz, Regina Martinez, Matteo Smerlak, and Brady Stoll (authors alphabetical). 2013. “Critical connectivity in banking networks. Santa Fe Institute Complex Systems Summer School proceedings.
  • King, Molly M. 2009. An investigation into the interaction of X. laevis telomeric proteins TRF1 and PinX1. Undergraduate senior thesis. Reed College Division of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Biology Department. Portland, Oregon.