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Areas of Expertise
PhD, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., 2003
A.M., Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., 1999
Master of Public Policy, with faculty award, Duke University, Durham, NC, 1996
Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, Harvard College, Cambridge, Mass., 1987
Current projects: The shifting politics of gun reform, Guns in American Society - What Everyone Needs to Know, Role of mega-philanthropy in public agenda-setting and policy , Duke in DC - Public Policy , Scholars Strategy Network of the Triangle Area
Research Description: Civic and political participation; role of voluntary associations and foundations in public policy; women and politics; politics of animal welfare; politics of gun control; agenda setting; public opinion
Representative Publications (More Publications)
Kristin Goss joined the Sanford School of Public Policy in 2005. She serves as Director of the Duke in DC Program for undergraduates and as co-director of the Triangle Area chapter of the Scholars Strategy Network, which aims to amplify the voice of university-based academics and their research in important public policy debates.
Goss's work focuses on why people do (or don’t) participate in political life and how their participation or non-participation affects public policymaking. Her current projects focus on the role of philanthropic billionaires in setting social reform agendas and on the emergence of animal welfare as a policy priority.
Goss is the author of The Paradox of Gender Equality: How American Women's Groups Gained and Lost Their Public Voice (forthcoming from the University of Michigan Press). The book documents and explains the surprising rise -- and even more surprising fall -- of American women's groups on the national stage. Systematically examining these groups' policy endeavors over the last century, the book argues that public policy has profoundly shaped the nature and magnitude of women's collective voice in important national debates.
Goss is also the author of Disarmed: The Missing Movement for Gun Control in America (Princeton University Press, 2006, 2009), which examines the strategic and political barriers to mass mobilization for stricter firearms regulation. The book is based on her doctoral study, which won the American Political Science Association’s 2003 Harold D. Lasswell Award for the nation’s best dissertation in policy studies.
Goss has published articles in Perspectives on Politics, Social Science Quarterly, Politics & Gender, Women & Politics, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, and the Fordham Law Review, as well as several book chapters. She is author of Better Together, the report of the Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement in America.
Before her appointment at Duke, Professor Goss spent three years at Georgetown University, where she taught courses on the U.S. political system, political participation, the media’s role in politics and the politics of the policymaking process. Her Duke master’s thesis explored the challenges facing voluntary associations seeking to stop the epidemic of gun violence in Washington, D.C., in the 1990s.
Goss grew up near Denver, where she developed a passion for figure skating and animal welfare. Before entering academe, she was a Washington-based journalist for six years covering non-profit organizations and foundations for The Chronicle of Philanthropy. She has served as a consultant to two government agencies: the U.S. Agency for International Development (San José, Costa Rica, 1995); and the Corporation for National and Community Service (Washington, D.C., 2002-2003). Her earliest political memory is of Watergate, which her parents defined as “a hotel in Washington.”
Goss splits her time between Durham and Arlington, VA. She serves as a board member of the League of Women Voters of Arlington.