LaGina Gause is a Democracy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School. Her research interests include the representation and non-electoral participation of marginalized communities. In her dissertation and current book project, “The Advantage of Disadvantage: Legislative Responsiveness to Collective Action by the Politically Marginalized”, she explores when U.S. legislators are likely to respond to protesters in their congressional districts. Specifically, she examines whether and how congressional roll call voting changes based on the resources of those participating in collective action. Formal theory and empirical analyses suggest that following protest legislators are more likely to support the interests of racial and ethnic minorities, the poor, and other groups that face greater costs to participation than they are to support higher resource groups with greater access to the political system.
LaGina received her Ph.D. in Public Policy and Political Science from the University of Michigan. She also has a M.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in Political Science from Howard University.