About Gary King

Political Science

Gary King is the Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor at Harvard University. He also serves as Director of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, and is a member of the steering committee of the Center for Basic Research in the Social Sciences. He was President of the Society for Political Methodology, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Visiting Fellow at Oxford, and Senior Science Advisor to the World Health Organization. In 2004 Dr. King was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He served as the President of the Society for Political Methodology from 1997 to 1998, and Vice President of the American Political Science Association from 2003 to 2004. Dr. King has won the Gosnell Prize (1999 and 1997), the American Statistical Association’s Outstanding Statistical Application Award (2000), the Donald Campbell Award (1997), the Eulau Award (1995), the Mills Award (1993), the Pi Sigma Alpha Award (1998 and 1993), the American Political Science Association’s Research Software Award (four years), the Okidata Best Research Software Award (1999), and the Okidata Best Research Web Site Award (1999), among others. His more than 100 journal articles, ten public domain software packages, and seven books span most aspects of political methodology, many fields of political science, and several other scholarly disciplines. He has written more than 125 journal articles and 15 open source software programs. His books include The Future of Political Science: 100 Perspectives (2009), Democratic Forecasting (2008),Ecological Inference: New Methodological Strategies (2004), A Solution to the Ecological Inference Problem: Reconstructing Individual Behavior from Aggregate Data (1997) and Unifying Political Methodology: The Likelihood Theory of Statistical Inference (1998).

Dr. King’s work is cited widely in many scholarly fields and beyond academia. He has made significant contributions to political science and in politics. His work on legislative redistricting has been used in most U.S. states by legislators, judges, lawyers, political parties, minority groups, and private citizens. His work on ecological inference has been used in states by these groups and in many other practical contexts. His contribution to methods for achieving cross-cultural comparability in survey research has been implemented by the World Health Organization in over eighty countries, and in these and other countries by many governmental bodies and private concerns. His statistical methods and software are used extensively in academia, government, consulting, and private industry.

Dr. King has served on 26 editorial boards; on the governing councils of the American Political Science Association and Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research; and several National Research Council and National Science Foundation panels. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, the National Institute of Aging, the Global Forum for Health Research, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and corporations, foundations, and other federal agencies.

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