Kathy Kramer

The Politics of Resentment in the 2016 US Presidential Election

Katherine J. Cramer explored how rural American resentment toward cities and the urban elite can provide fertile ground for right-leaning candidates to win elections, and the implications of this on contemporary politics in the US and beyond.



Katherine J. Cramer (@kathyjcramer), 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, the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education, the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies, and the 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 invites herself into the conversations of groups of people to listen to the way they understand public affairs. Her recent book, The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker, examines rural resentment toward cities and its implications for contemporary politics.



Peter Trubowitz (@ptrubowitz), Professor of International Relations and Director of the US Centre

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This event was held on 2 May 2017 and is part of our 'America in Global Perspective Series', supported by the British Association for American Studies and the US Embassy.


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