Kristin Anne Goss

Associate Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy

External Address: 
234 Sanford School Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90245, Durham, NC 27708-0245
(919) 613-7331
American Politics, Political Institutions

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. See more about Professor Goss at 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 is active in 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 the co-author (with Philip J. 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 latter 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.


  • Ph.D., Harvard University 2003
  • M.P.P., Duke University 1996
  • B.A., Harvard University 1987

Cook, PJ, and Goss, KA. The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know. Oxford University Press, 2014.

Goss, KA. The Paradox of Gender Equality. University of Michigan Press, December 5, 2012.

Goss, KA. Disarmed: The Missing Movement for Gun Control in America. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2006.

Goss, K. "Gender identity and the shifting basis of advocacy by US women’s groups, 1920–2000." Nonprofits and Advocacy: Engaging Community and Government in an Era of Retrenchment. January 1, 2014. 170-201.

Jazwinski, SM, and Yashin, AI. "Introduction." 2014. VII-XII.

Goss, KA, and Shames, SL. "Political Pathways to Child Care Policy: The Role of Gender in Statebuilding." Women and Politics around the World: Comparative History and Survey. ABC-CLIO, 2009.

Goss, KA, and Skocpol, T. "Changing agendas: The impact of feminism on American politics." Gender and Social Capital. November 10, 2005. 323-356. Full Text

Goss, KA. "Altruism." Encyclopedia of Community. Great Barrington: Mass.: Berkshire Publishing Group, 2003.

Goss, KA. "Social Capital in the Workplace." Encyclopedia of Community. Great Barrington, Mass.: Berkshire Publishing Group, 2003.

Putnam, RD, and Goss, KA. "Section IV: So What? (With the assistance of KA Goss)." Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community. Ed. RD Putnam. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000.

Goss, KA. "Taking a Stand Against Sexism." The Compact Reader. Ed. JE Aaron. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1987.

Goss, KA. "Defying the odds on gun regulation: The passage of bipartisan mental health laws across the states." The American journal of orthopsychiatry 85.3 (May 2015): 203-210. Full Text

Goss, KA. "Does the United States Still Need a Women's Movement? Introduction." POLITICS & GENDER 10.2 (June 2014): 265-301. Full Text

Goss, KA. "Review of The U.S. Women"s Jury Movements and Strategic Adaptation." Perspectives on Politics (2014). (Review)

Goss, KA. "Review of Gendered Money: Financial Organization in Women's Movements, 1880-1933." Journal of Women, Politics & Policy 34 (2013): 290-91. (Review)

Goss, KA. "The paradox of gender equality: How American women's groups gained and lost their public voice." The Paradox of Gender Equality: How American Women's Groups Gained and Lost Their Public Voice (December 1, 2012): 1-240.

Goss, KA. "Disarmed: The missing movement for gun control in America." Disarmed: The Missing Movement for Gun Control in America (December 16, 2010).

Goss, KA, and Heaney, MT. "Organizing Women as Women: Hybridity and Grassroots Collective Action in the 21st Century." Perspectives on Politics 8.1 (March 2010). (Academic Article) Open Access Copy

Goss, KA, Gastwirth, DA, and Parkash, SG. "Research service-learning: Making the academy relevant again." Journal of Political Science Education 6.2 (2010): 117-141. Full Text Open Access Copy


Goss, KA. "Two years after Sandy Hook, the gun control movement has new energy." Washington Post - MonkeyCage Blog (December 16, 2014). (Blog)

Goss, KA. "Turn Emotion Into Action." New York Times (April 2014). (Editorial Comment)

Cook, PJ, and Goss, KA. "In School Rampages, the Weapon Matters." (April 2014). (Editorial Comment)

interview, KAG. "Up in Arms: The Political Science Behind Gun Control." Georgetown Public Policy Review (March 2013). (Editorial Comment)

Goss, KA. "Why We Need to Talk About Guns." Newsweek (January 2013). (Editorial Comment)

Goss, KA. "NRA's Vision of Genuine Monsters." (December 2012). (Editorial Comment)

Goss, KA, and Dees, D. "Rallying for Gun Reform." Tampa Bay Times; News & Observer (Raleigh) (December 2012). (Editorial Comment)

Goss, KA. "Taking Aim at the Gun Debate." Newark Star-Ledger; Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Raleigh News & Observer; (2010). (Editorial Comment)

Goss, KA. "Is Tenure a Matter of Life or Death?." Chronicle Review (Chronicle of Higher Education) (2010). (Editorial Comment)