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Professor gaining national attention for research on how politics and pop culture connect

| Judy Berthiaume

A UW-Eau Claire political science faculty member who’s an expert in how politics and pop culture intertwine has been gaining an increasing amount of national attention as the 2016 presidential campaign continues to dominate headlines.

Dr. Eric Kasper, an assistant 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.”

With interest growing in how pop culture is influencing American politics, more members of the national media are asking Kasper to share his expertise.

Most recently, Kasper was featured in the National Geographic story “The Catchy History of Campaign Songs.”

More information about Kasper and his area of expertise can be found on UW-Eau Claire’s website.

You can email Dr. Eric Kasper at

Photo caption: Dr. Eric Kasper