Kathryn Cramer Brownell

Kathryn Cramer Brownell

West Lafayette, IN/Nantucket. Kathryn is associate professor of history at Purdue University and editor of the “Made By History” column at the Washington Post. She received her B.A. from University of Michigan and her Ph.D. from Boston University. Her first book, Showbiz Politics: Hollywood in American Political Life, 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 over the course of the twentieth century. Her new book project, Cable America: The Untold Story of How Cable Television Came to Town, and Transformed American Democracy, examines the political transformation of cable television in modern America. She and her husband, Jason, have two young daughters, Lillian and Jacqueline, and split their time between Indiana and Nantucket.