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Kathryn Cramer Brownell

Kathryn Cramer Brownell

Associate Professor // History

Director of Graduate Education // History

Affiliated Faculty // American Studies // SIS

Research focus:
U.S. Political History

Office and Contact

Room: BRNG 6174

Office hours:

  • Spring 2024:
  • Wednesdays, 1 - 3 pm


Phone: 765-496-2478

Fax: 765-496-1755


HIST 152: U.S. History since 1877
HIST 302: U.S. Media, Politics, and Popular Culture
HIST 468: Recent American History
HIST 485: The American Presidency

Dr. Brownell received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her Ph.D. from Boston University. Her research and teaching focus on the relationships between media, politics, and popular culture, with an emphasis on the American presidency.


U.S. History; 20th Century U.S. Political History, the American Presidency, and the Media 

Her first book, Showbiz Politics: Hollywood in American Political Life, (University of North Carolina Press, 2014) explores the institutionalization of Hollywood in American politics. 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. 


Her second book, 24/7 Politics: Cable Television and the Fragmenting of America from Watergate to Fox News, (Princeton University Press, 2023), explores the political battle over cable television from the 1960s through today, excavating how the American political process became tethered to the business interests of a corporate cable television industry.  

She also serves as Senior Editor for the Made By History column at TIME Magazine:

To learn more about her research and teaching initiatives and to read her recent op-eds, follow her on Twitter, @Kathryn.Brownell 

She is currently accepting graduate students interested in studying modern American political history, the American presidency, media history, and the intersections of politics and popular culture.