Katherine Cramer is the Natalie C. Holton Chair of Letters & Science and a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a visiting professor with the Center for Constructive Communication at the MIT Media Lab. Her work focuses on the way people in the United States make sense of politics, their connections to each other and to their governments — expertise she will bring to the Chautauqua Lecture Series with a discussion on rural consciousness, modern democracy, and how we might better address division and resentment at a community and national level.
Cramer is known for her innovative approach to the study of public opinion. Her award-winning book, The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker, brought to light rural resentment toward cities and its implications for contemporary politics, and was a go-to source for understanding votes in the 2016 presidential election. Other books include Talking about Race: Community Dialogues and the Politics of Difference and Talking about Politics: Informal Groups and Social Identity in American Life.
She is one of the founders of the Local Voices Network, a network for constructive communication that is operated by Cortico, a nonprofit partner of the Center for Constructive Communication. She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan.
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