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.
- King, Molly M., Carl T. Bergstrom, Shelley J. Correll, Jennifer Jacquet, Jevin D. West. 2017. “Men set their own cites high: Gender and self-citation across fields and over time.” Socius 3: 1-22. [Data and files] [Altmetric]
- West, Jevin D., Jennifer Jacquet, Molly M. King, Shelley J. Correll, Carl T. Bergstrom. 2013. “The role of gender in scholarly authorship.” PLOS ONE 8(7). e66212. [Data] [Altmetric]
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.
- Freese, Jeremy, and Molly M. King. 2018. “Institutionalizing Transparency.” Socius 4.
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.
- Burgard, Sarah A. and Molly M. King. 2015. “State of the States' Health.” State of the States Report, Stanford Center for Poverty and Inequality.
- Burgard, Sarah A. and Molly M. King. 2014. “Health Inequality.” State of the Union Report, Stanford Center for Poverty and Inequality.
- Dorr, David A. and Molly M. King. 2011. “Health Information Technology.” Comprehensive Care Coordination for Chronically Ill Adults, edited by Cheryl Schraeder and Paul S. Shelton. Ames, Iowa: Wiley-Blackwell.
- Fagnan, Lyle J., David A. Dorr, Melinda Davis, Paul McGinnis, Jo Mahler, Molly McCarthy King, LeAnn Michaels. 2011. “Turning on the Care Coordination Switch in Rural Primary Care: Voices from the Practices - Clinician Champions, Clinician Partners, Administrators, and Nurse Care Managers.” The Journal of Ambulatory Care Management, 34(3). PMID 21673531.
- 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.