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The Politics of Rural Resentment - Hosted by Center for the Study of Politics and Governance

  • Humphrey School of Public Affairs - Cowles Auditorium 301 19th Avenue South Minneapolis, MN (map)

On November 4, 2016, America watched Donald Trump win an election that exposed the gaping divide between rural and urban America. His unexpected success raised a critical but understudied question: Why is rural America so full of resentment for cities, city dwellers, and the urban elite? By sitting in on conversations with working class citizens across the Wisconsin countryside, Professor Kathy Cramer discovered an overarching complaint; rural voters felt they were not getting their fair share of attention, resources, and respect. Join us for a discussion with Professor Cramer as we examine the politics of rural resentement. 

Copies of Professor Cramer's latest book, The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker will be available for sale and signing after the event.

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. 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 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.

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