King’s research focuses on election administration, public policy, citizen voting experiences, and race and ethnicity. Overarching themes in King’s writings include the administrative structure of rights restoration for citizens with felony convictions, citizen confidence in electoral outcomes, and the consequences of administrative discretion on voter experiences. King serves as the director of the Master of Public Administration program at Auburn University, an instructor in the Election Center Certified Elections/Registration Administrator (CERA) Program, and an Affiliated Researcher with the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (PARCA).
Notes that as the American election administration landscape changes as a result of major court cases, national and state legislation, changes in professionalism, and the evolution of equipment and security, so must the work of on-the-ground practitioners change. Presents a series of case studies designed to highlight practical responses to these changes from the national, state, and local levels.
Focuses on the relationship between citizen interaction with racially/ethnically similar poll workers and trust in American elections for African American and Hispanic voters.
Evaluates the role of state policy and election precinct evaluations on citizen confidence in individual and nationwide electoral outcomes.
Investigates the relationship between felony disenfranchisement and African American voter turnout.