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Katie Rader

Department of Political Science

Katherine Rader

Assistant Professor

McMurran Hall 358


  • Ph D in Political Science, University of Pennsylvania
  • BA in Politics and Government, University of Puget Sound


Constitutional law, judicial politics, civil and labor rights.


I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Christopher Newport University. My research areas include American political development, political economy, race, and labor politics. I completed my Ph.D. in political science at the University of Pennsylvania in 2021, where I served as a Graduate Fellow in the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy for 2020-2021. ​For the 2021-2022 academic year, I worked with Senator Ron Wyden and the Senate Finance Committee as part of the APSA Congressional Fellowship Program. 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.

My current project 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.

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