David King

Senior Lecturer in Public Policy
Faculty Chair, MPA Programs
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David King


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. 



  • DPI-122 Politics and American Public Policy


  • DPI-120 The U.S. Congress and Law Making

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For a complete list of faculty citations from 2001 - present, please visit the HKS Faculty Research Connection.

Selected Publication Citations:

  • Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
    • Belenky, Alexander S., and David C. King. "A Mathematical Model for Estimating the Potential Margin of State Undecided Voters for a Candidate in a U.S. Federal Election." Mathematical and Computer Modelling 45.5-6 (March 2007): 585-593.
    • King, David C. "Partisan Mobilization Campaigns in the Field: Results from a Statewide Turnout Experiment in Michigan." Political Research Quarterly 59 (March 2006): 85-98.
    • King, David C., and Richard E. Matland. "Sex and the Grand Old Party." American Politics Research 31.6 (November 2003).
    • King, David C., and Richard Zeckhauser. "Congressional Vote Options." Legislative Studies Quarterly 28.3 (2003): 387-411.
  • Book Chapters
    • King, David C., and David Morehouse. "Moving Voters in the 2000 Presidential Campaign: Local Visits and Local Media." Lights, Camera, Campaign. Ed. David Schultz. Peter Lang, 2004.
    • Matland, Richard E., and David C. King. "Women as Candidates in Congressional Elections." Women Transforming Congress. Ed. Cindy Simon Rosenthal. University of Oklahoma Press, 2002.
    • Groseclose, Tim, and David C. King. "Committee Theories Reconsidered." Congress Reconsidered. Ed. Lawrence C. Dodd and Bruce I. Oppenheimer. CQ, 2001.
  • Books
    • King, David C. The Generation of Trust: How the U.S. Military Has Regained the Public's Confidence Since Vietnam. American Enterprise Institute, 2003.
  • Commentary
    • Gerwin, Leslie E., and David C. King. "New Orleans Vote Raises Fairness Issue." Boston Globe, April 18, 2006.
    • King, David C. "Youth Came Through with Big Turnout." Boston Globe, November 4, 2004.
    • King, David C. "Engage Children in Election Education." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, October 16, 2004.
    • King, David C. "The Politics of DisIntegration." Spectacle.org, August 18, 2004.
    • King, David C. "The Boomers' Babies." Wall Street Journal, March 31, 2003.
    • King, David C. "Election Reform as an Unfunded Mandate." Boston Review, October/November 2001.
  • HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series
    • King, David C., Richard Zeckhauser, and Mark Kim. "The Management Performance of the U.S. States." KSG Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP04-028, July 2004.
  • Magazine and Newspaper Articles
    • King, David C. "Constitutional Reform in Bolivia: The 2005 Presidential Election." ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America (Spring 2006): 11-15.
  • Research Papers/Reports
    • King, David C. "Redefining Political Attitudes and Activism." Harvard University, Institute of Politics, April 11, 2006.
    • King, David C. "Redefining Political Attitudes and Activism." Harvard University, Institute of Politics, November 16, 2005.
    • King, David C. "Coming of Age: The Political Awakening of a Generation." Harvard University, Institute of Politics, October 2004.
    • King, David C. "College and University Voter Mobilization Efforts." Harvard University, Institute of Politics, September 2004.
    • King, David C. "Are You Talking to Me? A Guide to Reaching Young Voters." Harvard University, Institute of Politics, August 2004.
    • King, David C. "Congress, Polarization, and Fidelity to the Median Voter." Working Paper, March 10, 2003.
    • Borck, Jonathan C., David C. King, and Richard Zeckhauser. "Contribution Shares in Alliances." Proceedings of the IASTED International Conference on Alliances, Mergers, and Acquisitions, 2003.
    • King, David C. "Selling International News." Working Paper, December 9, 2002.
    • King, David C. "Party Competition and Fidelity to the Median Voter in the U.S. Congress." Working Paper, December 18, 2001.
  • Reviews
    • King, David C. Review of Disjointed Pluralism: Institutional Innovation and the Development of the U.S. Congress, by Eric Schickler. American Political Science Review, September 2002.

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