Katherine J. Cramer

Professor and Natalie C. Holton Chair of Letters & Science | American Politics

kathy.cramer@wisc.edu

223 North Hall

Affiliated with Elections Research Ctr, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, LaFollette School of Public Affairs, IRP, Ctr for Integrated Agricultural Systems, WI Ctr for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education, Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies

Education:

Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Michigan, 2000

B.A. in Political Science and Journalism, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1994

Research Interests:

Civic Engagement, Civic and Liberal Education, Civic Society, Conservatism, Deliberation, Cultural Issues, Geography, Political Communication, Political Culture, Political Participation, Populism, Public Opinion, Race, Social Class, University Politics, Voting Behavior

Biography:

Katherine Cramer (B.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison 1994, Ph.D. University of Michigan 2000) is a Professor of Political Science and the Natalie C. Holton Chair of Letters & Science. During the 2018-2019 academic year she is a Visiting Professor with the Laboratory for Social Machines at the MIT Media Lab. She is an affiliate faculty member in the UW-Madison Elections Research Center, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, LaFollette School of Public Affairs, Institute for Research on Poverty, Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies, Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education, and Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems. Her work focuses on the way people in the United States make sense of politics and their place in it. She is known for her innovative approach to the study of public opinion, in which she uses methods like inviting herself into the conversations of groups of people to listen to the way they understand public affairs. 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 (University of Chicago Press, 2016). She has also published as Katherine Cramer Walsh and is the author of Talking about Race: Community Dialogues and the Politics of Difference(University of Chicago Press, 2007), and Talking about Politics: Informal Groups and Social Identity in American Life (University of Chicago Press, 2004). She was named a Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters in 2018 and is the recipient of the 2018 APSA Heinz Eulau Award for the best article published in Perspectives on Politics (with Benjamin Toff), the 2017 APSA Qualitative and Multi-Method Research section Giovanni Sartori Award for the best book developing or using qualitative methods published in 2016; a finalist for the 2017 APSA Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for the best book on government, politics, or international affairs; the 2012 APSA Qualitative and Multi-Methods Research Section award for the best qualitative or multi-method submission to the American Political Science Review; a 2006 UW-Madison Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award; a 2012-2014 UW-Madison Vilas Associate Award; a 2015-17 Leon Epstein Faculty Fellowship; and a 2017-2022 UW-Madison Kellett Mid-Career Faculty Researcher Award. In 2019 she was elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Courses:

PS 410 Citenship, Democracy, and Difference Fall 2019-2020

PS 900 Public Opinion Spring 2017-2018

PS 201 Citizenship, Democracy, and Difference Fall 2016-2017

PS 201 Citizenship, Democracy, and Difference Fall 2015-2016

Awards:

2018

Selected as a Fellow of the Wisconsin Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Search Committee for Editor of American Journal of Political Science.

2016-2017

Kellett Mid-Career Award

Best Book Award, APSA Qualitative and Multi-Method Research section for The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker (Chicago University Press, 2016), is the recipient of the section’s award for the best book developing or applying qualitative methods published in 2016.

2015-2016

Named as a “Woman to Watch” by Brava Magazine.

Honored Instructor Award

2014-2015

Named by Brava Magazine as a “Woman To Watch” (see pages 6, 20, and 51).

Leon Epstein Faculty Fellow by the College of Letters and Science

2013-2014

Award for the Best Qualitative and Multi-Method submission to the American Political Science Review in 2012

2012-2013

Honored Instructor Award, UW-Madison Division of Housing

2010-2011

Dr. Brenda Pfaehler Award of Excellence, 2011, UW-Madison Office of Educational Opportunity