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     Katherine J. Cramer


Title: Professor
Website: http://users.polisci.wisc.edu/kwalsh
Affiliated With: School of Journalism and Mass Communication, LaFollette School of Public Affairs, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education
Office: 221 North Hall
Office Hours: Thursdays 11am to 12pm and by appointment
Phone: 608.265.3679
Has Voicemail: Yes
E-Mail: kjcramer@wisc.edu
Keywords: Civic Engagement, Deliberation, Political Communication, Public Opinion, Race
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Katherine Cramer (B.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison 1994, Ph.D. University of Michigan 2000) is a professor in the Department of Political Science. She is also an affiliate faculty member in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication,  the LaFollette School of Public Affairs, the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, and the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education.  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. She is 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), Talking about Politics: Informal Groups and Social Identity in American Life (University of Chicago Press, 2004) and co-author of Democracy at Risk: How Political Choices Have Undermined Citizenship and What We Can Do About It with the members of the American Political Science Association's Task Force on Civic Engagement and Civic Education, Stephen Macedo, Yvette M. Alex-Assensoh, Jeffrey M. Berry, Michael Brintnall, David E. Campbell, Luis Ricardo Fraga, Archon Fung, William A. Galston, Christopher F. Karpowitz, Margaret Levi, Meira Levinson, Keena Lipsitz, Richard G. Niemi, Robert D. Putnam, Wendy M. Rahn, Rob Reich, Robert R. Rodgers, Todd Swanstrom (Brookings, 2005). She is the recipient of 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, and a 2012-2014 UW-Madison Vilas Associate Award.
 


Recent Publications

Katherine Cramer, "Putting Inequality In Its Place: Rural Consciousness and the Power of Perspective." American Political Science Review 106 (2012): 517-532.   
Katherine Cramer, Virginia Sapiro, Patricia Strach, and Valerie Hennings. "Gender, Context, and Television Advertising: A Comprehensive Analysis of 2000 and 2002 House Races." Political Research Quarterly 64 (2011): 107-19   
Katherine Cramer, "Get Government Out of It: Heterogeneity of Government Skepticism and Its Connection to Economic Interests and Policy Preferences." In Peter K. Enns and Christopher Wlezien, eds., Who Gets Represented? New York: Russell Sage (2011), 129-159.   
Katherine Cramer. 2009. “Scholars as Citizens: Studying Public Opinion through Ethnography.” In Ed Schatz, ed., Political Ethnography. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.   
Katherine Cramer, 2007. “The Democratic Potential of Civic Dialogue.” In Shawn Rosenberg (ed.) Deliberation, Participation, and Democracy: Can the People Govern? New York: Palgrave MacMillan.   
Katherine Cramer Talking about Race: Community Dialogues and the Politics of Difference. 2007. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.   
Katherine Cramer 2006. “Communities, Race, and Talk: An Analysis of the Occurrence of Civic Intergroup Dialogue Programs.” Journal of Politics 68 (1): 22-33.   
Katherine Cramer, Stephen Macedo, Yvette M. Alex-Assensoh, Jeffrey M. Berry, Michael Brintnall, David E. Campbell, Luis Ricardo Fraga, Archon Fung, William A. Galston, Christopher F. Karpowitz, Margaret Levi, Meira Levinson, Keena Lipsitz, Richard G. Niemi, Robert D. Putnam, Wendy M. Rahn, Rob Reich, Robert R. Rodgers, Todd Swanstrom Democracy at Risk: How Political Choices Have Undermined Citizenship, and What We Can Do About It. 2005. A Report of the American Political Science Association’s Standing Committee on Civic Education and Engagement. Brookings.   
Katherine Cramer Talking about Politics: Informal Groups and Social Identity in American Life. 2004. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.   
 

Current Courses taught for Spring 2013-2014

479 - Political Communications

Instructors: Katherine Cramer     Section Number: 001

684 - Senior Honor Thesis Seminar

Instructors: Katherine Cramer     Section Number: 001