Katherine Cramer, a political science professor and director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service, spent five years popping into small Wisconsin towns to chat with citizens. What she discovered was a growing sense of bitterness. Her book, The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker, explores that feeling of being overlooked that many media have since cited as one reason behind the rise of Donald Trump to the presidency.
Professor Barry Burden in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin's retirement system is a competitive advantage
The state’s retirement system was one of the things that brought me to Wisconsin. When I was being recruited to be a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2006, I was attracted by a few obvious strengths: a university with a superb reputation, terrific students and colleagues, and the livability and natural beauty of the region.
Kathy Cramer of the University of Wisconsin-Madison followed the same groups of voters in Wisconsin from 2007 to 2012 and wrote about her findings in “The Politics of Resentment”.
It’s no secret Donald Trump benefited from rural voters. But Democrat or Republican, they usually tell Katherine Cramer – who has spent a decade visiting residents of small-town Wisconsin – the same thing: it’s the cities that get all the breaks, and then have the gall to look down on them, too.
Th Iwanter Prize provides an unrestricted $2,000 award to one graduating senior who, through a senior thesis and general academic distinction, demonstrates outstanding humanities-based scholarship of a broad and interdisciplinary nature. This year's winner is Isaiah Stock (B.A.’16, Political Science), with Samuel Gee (B.A.’16, History and Religious Studies) garnering an honorable mention.
To acknowledge some of the faculty who have helped the Wisconsin Alumni Association further its mission of engaging with alumni and lifelong learners, WAA presents the Ken and Linda Ciriacks Alumni Outreach Excellence Award to Mike Wagner and John Hawks.