LaGina Gause discussed her research paper, The Advantage of Disadvantage: Protests, Resources, and Legislative Behavior. It is well documented that low-resource groups are disadvantaged in the political process. But, when low-resource groups can overcome barriers to engage in collective action – participation involving multiple participants publicly expressing a grievance – it suggests that the issue inciting the protest is salient and advantageous for a reelection-minded legislator to support.
Gause’s research interests are in American politics with a focus on the participation and representation of low income and racial and ethnic minority communities. Her current book project explores legislative behavior in response to protesters in their congressional districts.
Before joining the department of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego as an assistant professor, she was a Democracy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School. She received her Ph.D. in Public Policy and Political Science from the University of Michigan, her M.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan, and her B.A. in Political Science from Howard University.