Kristin Anne Goss

Kristin Anne Goss

Associate 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. 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, KA. "Book Review: Nonprofits and government: Collaboration and conflict by E. T. Boris and C. E. Steuerle (Eds.)." Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 48.1 (February 2019): 227-228. Full Text

Goss, KA. "US women's groups in national policy debates, 1880-2000." 100 Years of the Nineteenth Amendment: An Appraisal of Women's Political Activism. February 15, 2018. 198-226. Full Text

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.

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.

Bolognesi, DP. "Introduction." January 1, 1991. vii-null. Full Text

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

Goss, KA, Barnes, C, and Rose, D. "Bringing Organizations Back In: Multilevel Feedback Effects on Individual Civic Inclusion(Accepted)." Policy Studies Journal (January 1, 2019). Full Text

Berry, JM, and Goss, KA. "Donors for democracy? Philanthropy and the challenges facing America in the twenty-first century." Interest Groups and Advocacy 7.3 (October 1, 2018): 233-257. Full Text

Goss, KA, and Berry, JM. "Foundations as interest groups." Interest Groups and Advocacy 7.3 (October 1, 2018): 201-205. Full Text

Farley, KEW, Goss, KA, and Smith, SR. "Introduction to Advancing Philanthropic Scholarship: The Implications of Transformation." Ps Political Science and Politics 51.1 (January 1, 2018): 39-42. Full Text

Siegel, M, Xuan, Z, Ross, CS, Galea, S, Kalesan, B, Fleegler, E, and Goss, KA. "Easiness of Legal Access to Concealed Firearm Permits and Homicide Rates in the United States." American journal of public health 107.12 (December 2017): 1923-1929. Full Text

Smith, VM, Siegel, M, Xuan, Z, Ross, CS, Galea, S, Kalesan, B, Fleegler, E, and Goss, KA. "Broadening the Perspective on Gun Violence: An Examination of the Firearms Industry, 1990-2015." American Journal of Preventive Medicine 53.5 (November 2017): 584-591. Full Text

Díez, C, Kurland, RP, Rothman, EF, Bair-Merritt, M, Fleegler, E, Xuan, Z, Galea, S, Ross, CS, Kalesan, B, Goss, KA, and Siegel, M. "State Intimate Partner Violence-Related Firearm Laws and Intimate Partner Homicide Rates in the United States, 1991 to 2015." Annals of internal medicine 167.8 (October 2017): 536-543. Full Text

Siegel, M, Pahn, M, Xuan, Z, Ross, CS, Galea, S, Kalesan, B, Fleegler, E, and Goss, KA. "Firearm-Related Laws in All 50 US States, 1991-2016." American Journal of Public Health 107.7 (July 2017): 1122-1129. Full Text

Goss, KA. "The Socialization of Conflict and Its Limits: Gender and Gun Politics in America*." Social Science Quarterly 98.2 (June 2017): 455-470. Full Text

Carlson, J, and Goss, KA. "Gendering the second amendment." Law and Contemporary Problems 80.2 (January 1, 2017): 103-128.


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)