Gary King, 2015

On October 8, 2015, Gary King, Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor at Harvard University, delivered the inaugural ISS Distinguished Lecture. King's talk was entitled “Explaining Systematic Bias and Nontransparency in US Social Security Administration Forecasts."

Gary King is the Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor at Harvard University. He is based in the Department of Government (in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences) and serves as Director of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science. 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.

King’s more than 150 journal articles, 20 open source software packages, and eight books span most aspects of political methodology, many fields of political science, and several other scholarly disciplines. 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 contributions 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.

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