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Kathryn Cramer Brownell

Assistant Professor of History, Purdue University

Dr. Brownell received her B.A from University of Michigan and her Ph.D. from Boston University. Her research and teaching examine the relationships between media, politics, and popular culture in twentieth-century United States, with a particular focus on the American presidency.

Her new book, "Showbiz Politics: Hollywood in American Political Life,” explores the institutionalization of Hollywood in American politics from 1928-1980. This book traces the key personal relationships, institutions, and government policies that established the foundation for a celebrity political culture and made entertainment a central feature of American politics.

She is currently writing a political history of cable television.


  • –present
    Assistant Professor of History, Purdue University