Katherine Rader is a political scientist specializing in American political development, political economy, race, and labor politics. For the 2021-2022 academic year, I will be in Washington D.C. as part of the APSA Congressional Fellowship Program. In the fall of 2022, I will be starting as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Christopher Newport University.
My current research asks how coalitions that formed to fight for both racial and economic justice in the early twentieth-century shifted their focus away from programs for economic redistribution. Instead, they pursued a version of anti-discrimination politics that failed to challenge legislation in the 1940s-1960s that chipped away at labor rights and social welfare programs.
Currently, I am finishing a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University of Pennsylvania, where I served as a Graduate Fellow in the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy for 2020-2021. Prior to starting my doctoral program at Penn, I worked in health policy and nonprofit governance in Washington D.C. for five years. I earned my B.A. in Politics & Government from the University of Puget Sound.