Research Interests: Inequality and Social Policy, Poverty theory, Food Insecurity and Health, Networks, Organizations
Leah Gose is a Doctoral Student in Sociology. She graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2015 with majors in Sociology and German Language and a minor in Poverty and Human Capabilities studies. Prior to enrolling in graduate school, Leah served as an Elrod Fellow at a DC-area nonprofit dedicated to employing wounded veterans and individuals with disabilities.
Her research thus far has been focused on the health of disadvantaged populations in both rural and urban environments, predominately looking at minority populations. Her undergraduate thesis work espoused the combined powers of quantitative longitudinal data analysis and qualitative research to explain disparities in rural black health.
At Harvard, Leah is exploring social policy, organizational sociology, and network theory to understand how organizations and communities serve people in need. Her current work focuses on the network of organizations working in hunger relief and food insecurity eradication. Her additional work includes participation in a longitudinal study on how smaller communities and grassroots political organizations are functioning during the Trump presidency. She 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 health and well-being.
B.A. Sociology and German Language, Washington and Lee University (2015)