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LaGina Gause

Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California San Di​ego

LaGina Gause is an assistant professor of political science at the University of California, San Di​ego. Her research explores the political power and representation of marginalized groups in the United States, including low-income, racial, and ethnic minoritized communities. Her recent book, The Advantage of Disadvantage (Cambridge University Press, 2022), demonstrates that protest is a valuable political tool for politically marginalized groups. In fact, legislators are most supportive of protest by disadvantaged populations, including Black, Latinx, and low-income protesters. She earned her Ph.D. in public policy and political science, and her M.A. in political science from the University of Michigan. She earned her B.A. from Howard University.

LaGina Gause

Expertise & Interests

  • American political institutions
  • Political participation
  • Racial and ethnic politics
  • Protests
  • Inequality