Katherine J. Cramer is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received her BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison 1994 and her PhD from the University of Michigan in 2000. Cramer's 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 award-winning book, The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker (University of Chicago Press, 2016), examines rural resentment toward cities and its implications for contemporary politics. She has 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). Her work has appeared in many venues including the Washington Post, New York Times, Vox.com, USA Today, and The Guardian.
Cramer has spoken with people around the globe to share her insights on public opinion, and prides herself on speaking frequently with groups of people who are wanting to achieve justice and democracy for all.