Kristin Anne Goss

Kristin Anne Goss

Professor of Political Science

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. In 2017, she was inducted into the Bass Society of Fellows.Professor Goss has written or co-produced three books on gun politics and policy: The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know, with Philip J. Cook (Oxford University Press, 2014; 2nd ed. forthcoming in 2020); Gun Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Politics, Policy, and Practice, co-edited with Jennifer Carlson and Harel Shapira (Routledge, 2018); and Disarmed: The Missing Movement for Gun Control in America (Princeton University Press, 2006, 2009). 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 also written widely on gender and politics. She 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 has published articles in journals including Perspectives on Politics, Policy Studies Journal, PS: Political Science and Politics, Interest Groups & Advocacy, Law & Contemporary Problems, Social Science Quarterly, American Journal of Public Health, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, Politics & Gender, Women & Politics, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, and the Fordham Law Review. She has also published chapters in major volumes on women's activism and interest groups. She is author of Better Together, the report of the Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement in America. Professor Goss 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.At Duke, she is affiliated with the Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society, the Center for the Study of Philanthropy and Voluntarism, the Hart Leadership Program, and the Duke Center for Firearms Law. 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, Philip J., and Kristin A. Goss. The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know. Oxford University Press, 2014.

Goss, Kristin A. The Paradox of Gender Equality. University of Michigan Press, 2012.

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

Goss, Kristin A. “Book Review: Nonprofits and government: Collaboration and conflict by E. T. Boris and C. E. Steuerle (Eds.).” Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, vol. 48, no. 1, SAGE Publications, Feb. 2019, pp. 227–28. Crossref, doi:10.1177/0899764018770640. Full Text

Goss, Kristin A. “Gendered Money: Financial Organization in Women's Movements, 1880–1933by Pernilla Jonsson and Silke Neunsinger.” Journal of Women, Politics & Policy, vol. 34, no. 3, Informa UK Limited, July 2013, pp. 290–91. Crossref, doi:10.1080/1554477x.2013.805104. Full Text

Goss, K. A. “Review: Why Women Don’t Run for Office.” Georgetown Public Policy Review, vol. 11, 1 Mar. 2006, pp. 27–33.

Goss, K. A. “Review: Gun Violence in America: The Struggle for Control.” Political Science Quarterly, vol. 117, 2 Sept. 2002, pp. 532–33.

Goss, Kristin. “Review of The U.S. Women’s Jury Movements and Strategic Adaptation.” Perspectives on Politics, vol. 12, no. 1, Cambridge University Press (CUP), pp. 188–90.

Goss, K. A. “US women's groups in national policy debates, 1880-2000.” 100 Years of the Nineteenth Amendment: An Appraisal of Women’s Political Activism, 2018, pp. 198–226. Scopus, doi:10.1093/oso/9780190265144.003.0009. Full Text

Goss, Kristin. ““Whatever Happened to the ‘Missing Movement’? Gun Control Politics Over Two Decades of Change.”.” Gun Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Politics, Policy, and Practice, edited by Jennifer Carlson et al., Routledge, 2018, pp. 136–50.

Goss, Kristin. “The Swells Between the ‘Waves’: American Women’s Activism, 1920-1965.” The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Women’s Social Movement Activism, edited by Holly McCammon et al., Oxford University Press, 2017.

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, 2014, pp. 170–201.

Goss, K. A., and S. L. Shames. “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, K. A., and T. Skocpol. “Changing agendas: The impact of feminism on American politics.” Gender and Social Capital, 2005, pp. 323–56. Scopus, doi:10.4324/9780203955949. Full Text

Goss, K. A. “Altruism.” Encyclopedia of Community, Great Barrington: Mass.: Berkshire Publishing Group, 2003.

Goss, K. A. “Social Capital in the Workplace.” Encyclopedia of Community, Great Barrington, Mass.: Berkshire Publishing Group, 2003.

Putnam, Robert, and Kristin Goss. “Introduction.” Democracies in Flux: The Evolution of Social Capital in Contemporary Society, edited by Robert Putnam, Oxford University Press, 2002, pp. 3–19.

Putnam, Robert D., and K. A. Goss. “Section IV: So What? (With the assistance of KA Goss).” Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community, edited by Robert D. Putnam, New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000.


Goss, K. A., et al. “Bringing Organizations Back In: Multilevel Feedback Effects on Individual Civic Inclusion.” Policy Studies Journal, vol. 47, no. 2, May 2019, pp. 451–70. Scopus, doi:10.1111/psj.12312. Full Text

Berry, J. M., and K. A. Goss. “Donors for democracy? Philanthropy and the challenges facing America in the twenty-first century.” Interest Groups and Advocacy, vol. 7, no. 3, Oct. 2018, pp. 233–57. Scopus, doi:10.1057/s41309-018-0041-5. Full Text

Goss, K. A., and J. M. Berry. “Foundations as interest groups.” Interest Groups and Advocacy, vol. 7, no. 3, Oct. 2018, pp. 201–05. Scopus, doi:10.1057/s41309-018-0044-2. Full Text

Farley, K. E. W., et al. “Introduction to Advancing Philanthropic Scholarship: The Implications of Transformation.” Ps  Political Science and Politics, vol. 51, no. 1, Jan. 2018, pp. 39–42. Scopus, doi:10.1017/S1049096517001366. Full Text

Siegel, Michael, et al. “Easiness of Legal Access to Concealed Firearm Permits and Homicide Rates in the United States..” American Journal of Public Health, vol. 107, no. 12, Dec. 2017, pp. 1923–29. Epmc, doi:10.2105/ajph.2017.304057. Full Text

Smith, Victoria M., et al. “Broadening the Perspective on Gun Violence: An Examination of the Firearms Industry, 1990-2015..” American Journal of Preventive Medicine, vol. 53, no. 5, Nov. 2017, pp. 584–91. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2017.05.002. Full Text

Díez, Carolina, et al. “State Intimate Partner Violence-Related Firearm Laws and Intimate Partner Homicide Rates in the United States, 1991 to 2015..” Annals of Internal Medicine, vol. 167, no. 8, Oct. 2017, pp. 536–43. Epmc, doi:10.7326/m16-2849. Full Text

Siegel, Michael, et al. “Firearm-Related Laws in All 50 US States, 1991-2016..” American Journal of Public Health, vol. 107, no. 7, July 2017, pp. 1122–29. Epmc, doi:10.2105/ajph.2017.303701. Full Text

Goss, K. A. “The Socialization of Conflict and Its Limits: Gender and Gun Politics in America*.” Social Science Quarterly, vol. 98, no. 2, June 2017, pp. 455–70. Scopus, doi:10.1111/ssqu.12419. Full Text

Carlson, J., and K. A. Goss. “Gendering the second amendment.” Law and Contemporary Problems, vol. 80, no. 2, Jan. 2017, pp. 103–28.


Goss, K. A. “Two years after Sandy Hook, the gun control movement has new energy.” Washington Post  Monkeycage Blog, 16 Dec. 2014.

Goss, K. A. “Turn Emotion Into Action.” New York Times, Apr. 2014.

Cook, P. J., and K. A. Goss. “In School Rampages, the Weapon Matters.” Cnn.Com, Apr. 2014.

interview, KA Goss. “Up in Arms: The Political Science Behind Gun Control.” Georgetown Public Policy Review, Mar. 2013.

Goss, K. A. “Why We Need to Talk About Guns.” Newsweek, Jan. 2013.

Goss, K. A. Another View: How Military Leaders Can Change the Conversation on Guns. Des Moines Register; News & Observer (Raleigh), Jan. 2013.

Goss, K. A. “NRA's Vision of Genuine Monsters.” Cnn.Com, Dec. 2012.

Goss, K. A., and D. Dees. “Rallying for Gun Reform.” Tampa Bay Times; News & Observer (Raleigh), Dec. 2012.

Goss, K. A. “Taking Aim at the Gun Debate.” Newark Star Ledger; Atlanta Journal Constitution; Raleigh News & Observer;, 2010.

Goss, K. A. “Is Tenure a Matter of Life or Death?.” Chronicle Review (Chronicle of Higher Education), 2010.