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Katherine Cramer: 'Rural Consciousness and the Rise of Scott Walker'

Thursday, May 11, at 7:00pm    Add this event to your calendar
Location: In the downstairs Archer Room (through the lobby stairwell)
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The second lecture of 2017 in the Library's Scholar'd for Life series.

Kathy Cramer, professor in the Department of Political Science at UW-Madison and Director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service, will discuss her 2016 book, The politics of Resentment : Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker Copies of the book will be available for purchase courtesy of A Room of One's Own bookstore.

For nearly a decade, Cramer traveled throughout the state talking to local residents and trying to understand how they interpret state politics. In many areas of rural Wisconsin, she found a strong place-based identity that she calls rural consciousness, a way of interpreting politics rooted in distrust of big-city “elites” and their perceived failure to understand the needs of rural Wisconsinites. In the wake of Donald Trump’s surprise victory in last year’s presidential election, her research gained national attention from news outlets such as National Public Radio, The Washington Post, and Scientific American.

Katherine J. Cramer is Director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service and a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is also an affiliate faculty member in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the LaFollette School of Public Affairs, the Elections Research Center. Cramer is known for her innovative approach to the study of public opinion, in which she invites herself into the conversations of groups of people to listen to the way they understand public affairs. In addition to The Politics of Resentment, she is the author of Talking about Politics: Informal Groups and Social Identity in American and co-author of Democracy at Risk: How Political Choices Have Undermined Citizenship and What We Can Do About It. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.