Professor Katherine Cramer

Faculty (University of Wisconsin-Madison & MIT Media Lab)

Katherine Cramer is Natalie C. Holton Chair of Letters & Science and Virginia Sapiro Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is also a visiting professor at the Center for Constructive Communication. Her work focuses on the way people in the United States make sense of politics and their connections to each other and to their governments. Cramer is known for her innovative approach to the study of public opinion, in which she uses methods such as inviting herself into the conversations of groups of people to listen to the way they understand public affairs. She is the author of three solo-authored books, including The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker, which has been a go-to resource for understanding the rural vs. urban divide in the United States and around the globe. She is a fellow of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters; the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences; and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, for which she is currently co-chairing the Commission on Reimagining Our Economy.