Nicholas King

Nicholas B. King is an associate professor in the Biomedical Ethics Unit and associate member in the Institute for Health and Social Policy, and the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health at McGill University. He directs the Policy and Data Science program and is a board member of the Center for Social and Cultural Data Sciences at McGill. Dr. King studies the ways that 'black boxes' of all sorts - from seemingly objective measures of health and health inequalities, to complex algorithms - are shaped by human interests and hidden value judgments, which in turn shape individual decisions, collective behaviors, and public policies. He has published in the Milbank Quarterly, Annals of Internal Medicine, BMJ, PLOS Medicine, the American Journal of Public Health, and the Bulletin of the World Health Organization.

Course(s) taught:

Core Policy Course: Experts, Science, and Evidence in Public Policy

Previously taught:

Complexity Seminar: Science in the Policy Process


Ph.D., Harvard University (History of Science)

MA, Harvard University (Medical Anthropology) 

BA, University of Pennsylvania (History)


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