Kristin A. Goss

Professor of Public Policy and Political Science
Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University
Kristin A. Goss

Kristin A. Goss is the Kevin D. Gorter Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. She directs Duke’s Center for the Study of Philanthropy and Voluntarism, as well as the university’s semester-in-Washington program. Goss’s research focuses on interest groups, philanthropy, and civic engagement in American politics. She is the author, co-author, or co-editor of numerous articles and book chapters, as well as four books: The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Philip J. Cook), Disarmed: The Missing Movement for Gun Control in America, Gun Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Politics, Policy, and Practice (co-edited with Jennifer Carlson and Harel Shapira),and The Paradox of Gender Equality: How American Women’s Groups Gained and Lost Their Public Voice. Goss is now at work on a book about elite philanthropy in an age of democratic distress. Before entering academe, she was on the founding staff of The Chronicle of Philanthropy, where she served as a senior editor. Goss received a B.A. degree with high honors from Harvard College, a master’s degree in public policy from Duke University, and a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University.