Roberts holds the Chancellor’s Associates Endowed Chair I at UCSD. Her research interests lie in the intersection of political methodology and the politics of information, with a specific focus on methods of automated content analysis and the politics of digital censorship and propaganda. Roberts completed her Ph.D. in Government at Harvard in 2014.
Roberts’ first book, Censored: Distraction and Diversion Inside China’s Great Firewall, published by Princeton University Press in 2018, has won many awards:
• Foreign Affairs Best Books of 2018
• Goldsmith Book Prize
• Best Book Award in the Human Rights Section and Information Technology and Politics Section of the
American Political Science Association
• Best Book at the International Studies Association.
Roberts’ other work has appeared in such venues as Science, the Journal of the American Statistical Association, American Political Science Review, and American Journal of Political Science. In computational social science, Roberts has worked primarily on topic models — in particular the Structural Topic Model — as well as the intersection between text analysis and causal inference.
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