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Gary King

Gary King

Gary King

Director of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University

Gary King is one of 24 faculty with the title of University Professor, Harvard’s most distinguished faculty position. King develops and applies empirical methods in many areas of social science research, focusing on innovations that span the range from statistical theory to practical application. His more than 150 journal articles, 20 open source software packages, and 8 books span many aspects of data science, fields of political science, and other scholarly disciplines. King has been elected to 8 honorary societies and has won more than 40 “best of” awards for his work. His scholarship is widely read across scholarly fields and beyond academia. He is 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. The statistical methods and software he developed are used extensively in academia, government, consulting, and private industry. He is a founder, and an inventor of the original technology for, Learning Catalytics (acquired by Pearson), Perusall, Thresher, and Crimson Hexagon, among others. King received a BA from SUNY New Paltz and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His homepage can be found at GaryKing.org.