Research Interests: Community-based responses to poverty; the social safety net, its structure and interorganizational networks; local and state poverty policy; food insecurity and hunger relief efforts
Leah Gose is a doctoral candidate in sociology and a Malcolm Hewitt Wiener PhD Scholar in Poverty and Justice. 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. Leah’s dissertation is a study of how community organizations, in conjunction with local governments and in response to policies, are responding to increased rates of hunger in the suburbs of Atlanta.
She is particularly interested in utilizing new theories on poverty and human capabilities to understand how individuals, social organizations, and lawmakers influence policy to shape their communities and how such decisions affect people’s health and wellbeing, particularly the working poor and those living on fixed incomes.
Her additional scholarship includes participation in a longitudinal study on how smaller communities and grassroots political organizations are functioning during the Trump presidency. Leah’s prior research focused on the health of disadvantaged populations in both rural and urban environments, predominantly 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.
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.
B.A. Sociology and German Language, Washington and Lee University (2015)