Gary King (political scientist)

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Gary King
Gary King

(1958-12-08) December 8, 1958 (age 61)
New York, New York, United States
Alma materState University of New York at New Paltz (B.A.)
University of Wisconsin–Madison (M.A.)
University of Wisconsin--Madison (Ph.D)
OccupationPolitical scientist
WebsiteOfficial website

Gary King (born December 8, 1958) is an American political scientist and quantitative methodologist. He is the Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor and Director for the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University. King and his research group develop and apply empirical methods in many areas of social science research, focusing on innovations that span the range from statistical theory to practical application.[1]


In 1980, King graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science from the State University of New York at New Paltz.[2] In 1981 he earned an M.A. and in 1984 a Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in Madison.

King's career in academia began in 1984, when he became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics at New York University. He joined the faculty of Harvard's Department of Government in 1987 and has taught there since. He has also been a visiting fellow at Oxford University. To date, he has authored or coauthored seven books (six published and one forthcoming) and more than 160 journal articles and book chapters.

King is one of 25 professors with "Harvard's most distinguished faculty title".[2]

He is the step-brother of the sociologist Mitchell Duneier.[citation needed]


King co-founded the data analytics companies Crimson Hexagon and Learning Catalytics.[3] Crimson Hexagon is a social media analytics software company based in Boston, Massachusetts.[4] Learning Catalytics was acquired by Pearson in April 2013.[5]


Selected publications[edit]

  • Demographic Forecasting (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2008), with Federico Girosi.
  • "How Censorship in China Allows Government Criticism but Silences Collective Expression", American Political Science Review, Vol. 107, No. 2, pp. 1–18. With Jennifer Pan and Margaret E. Roberts.
  • Ecological Inference: New Methodological Strategies (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004), edited with Ori Rosen and Martin A. Tanner.
  • A Solution to the Ecological Inference Problem: Reconstructing Individual Behavior from Aggregate Data (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1997).
  • Designing Social Inquiry: Scientific Inference in Qualitative Research (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1994), with Robert Keohane and Sidney Verba.
  • Unifying Political Methodology: The Likelihood Theory of Statistical Inference (Cambridge, UK and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1989; reprinted Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 1998).
  • The Elusive Executive: Discovering Statistical Patterns in the Presidency (Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Press, 1988), with Lyn Ragsdale.
  • The Presidency in American Politics (New York and London: New York University Press, 1989), with Paul Brace and Christine Harrington.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Biography". Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Big Data: what we know vs. all the rest". SUNY New Paltz Alumni Newsletter. Spring 2017. pp. 16–17.
  3. ^ "Learning Catalytics". Retrieved October 19, 2015.
  4. ^ "Crimson Hexagon". Retrieved October 19, 2015.
  5. ^ "Pearson Acquires Ed Tech Startup, Learning Catalytics™ | Pearson News". 2013-04-22. Retrieved 2015-10-18.
  6. ^ "Fellows, Society for Political Methodology". Archived from the original on 2015-06-09. Retrieved 2015-10-19.
  7. ^ The Society for Political Methodology Archived June 20, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "Forty-Five New Members Elected to the National Academy of Social Insurance". February 3, 2015. Retrieved October 10, 2015.

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