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Kristin A. Goss, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Political Science and Director, Duke in DC Program; Faculty Affiliate, Center for Strategic Philanthropy; Faculty Affiliate, Hart Leadership Program  

Office Location: 234 Sanford Bldg
Office Phone: (919) 613-7331
Duke Box: 90245
Email Address: kgoss@duke.edu

Areas of Expertise

  • American Government and Politics, Political Participation
  • Philanthropy and Nonprofits
  • Social Policy
    • Gender
    • Violence

Ph.D., Harvard University, 2003
A.M., Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., 1999
M.P.P., Duke University, 1996
Master of Public Policy, with faculty award, Duke University, Durham, NC, 1996
B.A., Harvard University, 1987
Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, Harvard College, Cambridge, Mass., 1987

Current projects: (1) shifting politics of gun reform; (2) mega-philanthropy and public agenda-setting and policy; (3) organizing women as women - challenges and priorities.

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

Teaching (Fall 2015):

  • Pubpol 301.001, Pol analy pub pol making Synopsis
    Sanford 05, TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM

Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. P.J. Cook and K.A. Goss. The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know. Oxford University Press, April, 2014. [available here]
  2. K.A. Goss. The Paradox of Gender Equality: How American Women's Groups Gained and Lost Their Public Voice. University of Michigan Press, 2013. [available here]  [abs]
  3. K.A. Goss. Disarmed: The Missing Movement for Gun Control in America.  2006, 2009. [available here]
  4. K.A. Goss. "Does the United States Still Need a Women’s Movement?." Politics & Gender 10 (2014).
  5. K.A. Goss, M.T. Heaney. "Organizing Women as Women: Hybridity and Grassroots Collective Action in the 21st Century,." Perspectives on Politics 8.1 (March, 2010). [K.A. Goss & M.T. Heaney, "Organizing Women as Women"[abs]
  6. K.A. Goss. "Civil Society and Civic Engagement: Towards a Multi-Level Theory of Policy Feedbacks." Journal of Civil Society 6.2 (2010): 119-143.
  7. K.A. Goss. "Never Surrender? How Women’s Groups Abandoned Their Policy Niche in U.S. Foreign Policy Debates, 1916–2000." Politics & Gender 5.4 (December, 2009): 453-489.  [abs]
  8. K.A. Goss. "Foundations of Feminism: How Philanthropic Patrons Shaped Gender Politics." Social Science Quarterly 88.5 (December, 2007): 1174-1191.
  9. K.A. Goss. "Rethinking the Political Participation Paradigm: The Case of Women & Gun Control." Women & Politics 25.4 (2003): 83-118.
  10. K.A. Goss. "Policy, Politics, and Paradox: The Institutional Origins of the Great American Gun War." Fordham Law Review 73.2 (2004): 681-714.
  11. K.A. Goss and Theda Skocpol. "Changing Agendas: The Impact of Feminism on American Politics." Gender and Social Capital. Ed. Brenda O'Neill and Elisabeth Gidengil New York: Routledge, 2006
  12. K.A. Goss. "Volunteering and the Long Civic Generation." Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 28.4 (December, 1999): 378-415.
  13. K.A. Goss. Turn Emotion Into Action.  New York Times (April 18, 2014). [turn-gun-violence-emotion-into-action]
  14. K.A. Goss. Good Policy, Not Stories, Can Reduce Violence.  Chronicle Review (Chronicle of Higher Education) (May 4, 2007).
  15. P.J. Cook and K.A. Goss. In School Rampages, the Weapon Matters.  CNN.com (April 11, 2014). [available here]

Professor Goss focuses on why people do (or don't) participate in political life and how their engagement affects public policymaking. Her current research projects focus on the role of philanthropic billionaires in policy debates and on the evolution of gun-related advocacy over the past decade.

Professor Goss directs the "Duke in DC" program, which provides select undergraduates with an immersive experience combining work experience and policy-oriented seminars.

She also serves as co-director of the Triangle Area chapter of the Scholars Strategy Network, which amplifies the voice of university-based academics in public policy debates.

Professor Goss is the author of The Paradox of Gender Equality: How American Women's Groups Gained and Lost Their Public Voice (University of Michigan Press, 2013). 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' issue agendas 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.

Professor Goss is also co-author (with Philip Cook) of The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2014) and 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.

Professor 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 taught American politics courses at Georgetown University and served as a consultant for the Corporation for National and Community Service. 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.

Professor 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. Professor Goss splits her time between Durham and Arlington, VA. She serves as president of the League of Women Voters of Arlington.

Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

Kristin A. Goss