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Leah E. Gose

PhD Candidate in Sociology, Harvard University
Chapter Member: Boston SSN
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About Leah

Gose's research explores social policy, organizational sociology, and network theory to understand how organizations and communities serve people in need. Gose's research focuses on the network of organizations working in hunger relief and food insecurity eradication. Gose's additional work includes participation in a longitudinal study on how smaller communities and grassroots political organizations are functioning during the Trump presidency. Gose is particularly interested in utilizing new theories on poverty and human capabilities to understand how individuals, social organizations, and law makers influence policy to shape their communities and how such decisions affect people’s well-being. Gose is currently exploring the community-based organizational response to the needs of individuals who are ineligible for government-funded social welfare benefits.

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Leah E. Gose's research on resistance groups during the Trump presidency discussed by Thomas B. Edsall, "When It Comes to the Senate, the Democrats Have Their Work Cut Out for Them," The New York Times, June 5, 2019.

Publications

"Resist, Persist, and Transform: The Emergence and Impact of Grassroots Resistance Groups Opposing the Trump Presidency" (with Theda Skocpol). Mobilization: An International Journal 24, no. 3 (September 2019): 293-317.

Notes that since the 2016 Presidential Election, hundreds of grassroots resistance groups have formed in local communities, stemming from a strong, female-led opposition to the new Trump Administration and its platform. Studies dozens of these groups in four states and across Pennsylvania that are educating and engaging members, generating informed voters, and influencing local Democratic party organizations.