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Gary King

Gary King

2015 Warren E. Miller Award for Meritorious Service to the Social Sciences

Gary King is an Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor of Government at Harvard University and director of Harvard's Institute for Quantitative Social Science

King (Ph.D., Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison) is one of only 24 individuals with Harvard's most distinguished faculty position. He has been elected Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences (2010), American Statistical Association (2009), Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2004), Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1998), Fellow of the Society for Political Methodology (2008), Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (2004), President of the Society for Political Methodology (1997-1999), and Vice President of the American Political Science Association (2003-2004). He was also appointed a Fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation (1994-1995), Visiting Fellow at Oxford (1994), and Senior Science Advisor to the World Health Organization (1998-2003). King has won the Warren Miller Prize for the best article published in Political Analysis (2008), the McGraw-Hill Award (2006), the Durr Award (2005), the Gosnell Prize (1999 and 1997), the Outstanding Statistical Application Award (2000), the Donald Campbell Award (1997), the Eulau Award (1995), the Mills Award (1993), the Pi Sigma Alpha Award (2005, 1998, and 1993), the APSA Research Software Award (2005, 1997, 1994, and 1992), the Okidata Best Research Software Award (1999), and the Okidata Best Research Web Site Award (1999), among others. His more than 150 journal articles, 20 open source software packages, and 8 books span most aspects of political methodology, many fields of political science, and several other scholarly disciplines.

King's work is widely read across scholarly fields and beyond academia. He was listed as the most cited political scientist of his cohort; among the group of "political scientists who have made the most important theoretical contributions" to the discipline "from its beginnings in the late-19th century to the present;" and on ISI's list of the most highly cited researchers across the social sciences. His work on legislative redistricting has been used in most American states by legislators, judges, lawyers, political parties, minority groups, and private citizens, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court. His work on inferring individual behavior from aggregate data has been used in as many states by these groups and in many other practical contexts. His contribution to methods for achieving cross-cultural comparability in survey research have been used in surveys in over eighty countries by researchers, governments, and private concerns. King led an evaluation of the Mexican universal health insurance program, which includes the largest randomized health policy experiment to date. The statistical methods and software he developed are used extensively in academia, government, consulting, and private industry. King developed the Virtual Data Center, a precursor to The Dataverse Network. That software benefited the social science infrastructure by facilitating the public distribution of persistent, authorized, and verifiable data. The Dataverse Network, also under King's direction, is an open-source application for publishing, referencing, extracting and analyzing research data. The main goal of the Dataverse Network is to solve the problems of data sharing through building technologies that enable institutions to reduce the burden for researchers and data publishers and to incentivize them to share their data

He has served on 30 editorial boards; on the governing councils of the American Political Science Association, ICPSR, the Society for Political Methodology, and the Midwest Political Science Association; and on several National Research Council and National Science Foundation panels. King's 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, and centers, corporations, foundations, and other federal agencies.

For more information, see http://GaryKing.org.