MacMillan Center: African Studies
Extensive Research Description
William Casey King is the
executive director of the Yale Center for Analytical Sciences at the Yale
School of Public Health. He launched a global training initiative in the open
source analytic language "R" to afford researchers in developing
countries a free alternative to costly commercial software licenses.
William Casey King earned his Ph.D. from Yale University. His work includes a PBS documentary on the life and works of the African American painter, Henry Ossawa Tanner, co-produced with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and a children's book on the civil rights movement titled “Oh, Freedom!”. He also authored a book on the Problem of Ambition in America's Self-Making, which details the transformation of ambition from vice to virtue in the early modern Atlantic world. Dr. King served at Harvard as executive director of the W.E.B. DuBois Institute of African and African American Research.