Prof. of Political Science, UW-Madson; MIT
Legacy Mentor, Kathy Cramer (B.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison 1994, Ph.D. University of Michigan 2000) is a Professor of Political Science and the Natalie C. Holton Chair of Letters & Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During the 2018-2019 academic year she is a Visiting Professor at the MIT Media Lab. She is known for her innovative approach to the study of public opinion, in which she uses unique methods such as inviting herself into the conversations of groups of people to listen and the way they understand public affairs. Her award-winning book, The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker, brought to light rural resentment toward cities and its implications for contemporary politics, and was a go-to source for understanding votes in the 2016 presidential election (University of Chicago Press, 2016).