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Duke University
NGOs, Nonprofits, Gender and Politics, Philanthropy, Political Participation, Gun Politics, Public Policy, Interest Groups
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About Me

I am an associate professor of public policy and political science at Duke University, in the Sanford School of Public Policy. My work focuses on how Americans participate in public life and why it matters.

I think, teach, and talk about guns, gender, and giving. Each of these topics illuminates a different aspect of democratic engagement – or non-engagement – in contemporary America. In a prior life, I was a newspaper reporter covering the intersection of civil society and public policy for The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

I am founder and director of the “Duke in DC” semester-in-Washington program.


Recent Publications

Goss, Kristin A. 2016. “Policy Plutocrats: How America’s Wealthy Influence Governance.” PS: Political Science & Politics 49 (3).

Goss, Kristin A. (with Philip J. Cook). The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Goss, Kristin A. The Paradox of Gender Equality: How American Women’s Groups Gained and Lost Their Public Voice. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2013.

Goss, Kristin A. 2015. “Defying the Odds on Gun Regulation: The Passage of Bipartisan Mental Health Laws Across the States.” American Journal of Orthopsychiatry 85 (3): 203-210.

Goss, Kristin A. Forthcoming. “Women’s Activism Between the Waves.” In The Oxford Handbook of Women’s Activism, ed. Holly McCammon et al. New York: Oxford University Press.

Goss, Kristin A. Forthcoming. “How Suffrage Structured Women’s Organizational Agendas.” In 100 Years of the Nineteenth Amendment: An Appraisal of Women’s Political Activism, ed. Lee Ann Banaszak and Holly McCammon. New York: Oxford University Press.

Goss, Kristin A. 2014. “Introduction: Does the United States Still Need a Women’s Movement?” Politics & Gender 10 (2): 265-301.

Goss, Kristin A. 2014. “Gender Identity and the Shifting Basis of U.S. Women’s Groups’ Advocacy, 1920-2000.” InNonprofits & Advocacy: Engaging Community and Government in an Era of Retrenchment, ed. Robert Pekkanen, Steven Rathgeb Smith, and Yutaka Tsujinaka, Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press. Also: Tokyo: Bokutakusha (Japanese edition).

Media Coverage

“We Want to See What Politicians Wear. Is That So Wrong?” Tampa Bay Times, August 18, 2016.

In a New Golden Age of Philanthropy Scholarship Dawning? Don’t Count on It,” Inside Philanthropy, July 29, 2016.

“The Tricky Thing About Studying the Politics of Philanthropy,” MonkeyCage blog, The Washington Post, July 26, 2016.

Whatever Happened to Michael Bloomberg’s Anti-Gun Crusade?” Slate, July 5, 2016.

Can States Separate Politics from Gun Policy? California Aims to Try,” Christian Science Monitor, June 22, 2016.

 Senate Votes Down Four Gun Control Measures After Fiery Debate,”, June 21, 2016.

Fort Lewis College Students Explore Gun Laws,” Durango Herald, February 5, 2016.

Powerful Gun Lobby Faces Growing Resistance,” Roll Call, February 1, 2016.

US Gun Activists Target States for Changes,” Voice of America, January 25, 2016.

Most Americans Want US Gun Laws to Change,” Vox, January 15, 2016.

Duke Researchers Skeptical About Gun Control Changes,” Duke Chronicle, January 14, 2016.

 A Political Scientist Explains the Exaggerated Reactions to Obama’s Executive Actions on Guns,” The Trace, January 13, 2016.

How Obama’s Push for Gun Control is Reshaping the 2016 Campaign,” Christian Science Monitor, January 5, 2016.

Obama Thrusts Gun Control Debate Into Forefront of 2016 Race,” Associated Press, January 5, 2016.

Gun Laws Are Being Reformed, but Just Not on Capitol Hill,” The Conversation, December 10, 2015. 

Disarming the American Gun Problem,” Macleans, December 9, 2015.

N.C. Clarifies Handgun Application Process,” Charlotte Observer, December 3, 2015.

Hillary Clinton Gun Control Proposal: What 2 Decades In the Pubic Eye Tells Us About Her Policy,” International Business Times, October 5, 2015.

Two Years After Sandy Hook, the Gun Control Movement Has New Energy,” Washington Post, Monkey Cage Blog, December 16, 2014.

Did the Assault Weapons Ban Really Work?” Pacific Standard, October 6, 2014.

Women an Emerging Force in Defending Firearms,” Tucson Sentinel, September 30, 2014.

‘Badass’ Moms Take Gun Fight to NRA’s Home Turf,” Huffington Post, September 23, 2014.

These Women Are the NRA’s Worst Nightmare,” Mother Jones, September-October 2014.

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