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Katherine (Kathy) Cramer

Expert on civic engagement and political participation, student engagement, public opinion, racial dialogue, political discussion, deliberation, political communication

Natalie C. Holton Chair of Letters & Science; Professor of Political Science; Affiliate in J School, LaFollette School College of Letters and Science — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page Twitter: @KathyJCramer


  • Public opinion on public employees and government
  • Political conversation and civic conversation programs, including dialogue on race relations
  • Public opinion, esp. Wisconsin and rural-urban divides
  • Public opinion responses to social and economic change since 1960s
  • Analysis of Trump electorate


  • UW-Madison, Kellett Mid-Career Faculty Researcher Award, 2017-2022
  • Inducted into Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters, 2018
  • Author of the award-winning book, The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness and the Rise of Scott Walker
  • Inducted into American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2019
  • UW-Madison Chancellor Distinguished Teaching Award, 2006