David C. King is Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at The Harvard Kennedy School and Faculty Chair of the Masters in Public Administration program. Professor King chairs Harvard’s Bi-Partisan Program for Newly Elected Members of the U.S. Congress, and he directs the Program for Senior Executives in State & Local Government.
Since joining the Harvard faculty in 1992, Professor King’s courses have focused on Legislatures, Political Parties, and Interest Groups. He is also a member of the core faculty within the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and serves as the Board Chair for the pro-democracy group, Initiatives for China.
In the wake of the 2000 presidential elections, Professor King directed the Task Force on Election Administration for the National Commission on Election Reform, chaired by former presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. That effort culminated in landmark voting rights legislation signed by President Bush in late 2002. He later oversaw an evaluation and new management structure for the Boston Election Department.
Professor King is the author, co-author, and co-editor of three books, and he has published in a range of journals, including The American Political Science Review, and The Journal of Politics. Professor King’s current research, with James D’Angelo and Brent Ranalli, focuses on the history and consequences of “transparency” reforms in the U.S. Congress.
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Outside Professional Activities For David King
Unpaid Board Chair, NGO: Initiatives for China. Role includes helping founder, and HKS graduate, Jianli Yang, negotiate relationships with State and Local governmental leaders in the United states. Engagement on a twice-a-month basis throughout the academic year. This notice was updated in March 2017, and the relationship with Initiatives for China will presumably continue through AY18.
Unpaid Board Member, NGO: Revels. Role involves monthly board meetings to help this Cambridge-based arts and music organization provide educational services in the community and to produce an annual show in Sanders Theatre every December. This notice was updated in March 2017, and the relationship with Revels will presumably continue through AY18.
Unpaid Advisor, Local Government: Boston Election Board. Periodically review the resumes and backgrounds for the Boston Election Department. Engagement once per quarter throughout the academic year. This notice was updated in March 2017, and the relationship with the Boston Election Board will presumably continue through AY18.