Political scientist's research in pop culture and politics gains international attention

| Judy Berthiaume

A UW-Eau Claire political science faculty member who is an expert in how politics and pop culture intertwine is continuing to draw international attention, with his work recently published by the U.S. Centre for American Politics and Policy at the London School of Economics.

Dr. Eric Kasper, an associate professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, is co-author of "Don't Stop Thinking About the Music: The Politics of Songs and Musicians in Presidential Campaigns."

“Politics and popular culture have intersected for as long as there has been popular culture,” Kasper says. “Politicians have long made use of popular culture, particularly as they have tried to attach themselves to celebrities and their popularity.”

In his piece, Kasper outlines the history of music in U.S. presidential campaigns, and notes the increasing number of artists who object to presidential candidates’ use of their songs.

He also outlines how President Trump’s outsider status and antiestablishment appeal made it possible for him to ignore musicians’ objections to his use of their music in a way not possible for other candidates.

More information about Kasper’s research about connections between politics and pop culture can be found on UW-Eau Claire’s website.

You can email Dr. Eric Kasper at kasperet@uwec.edu.