Nathan Kalmoe

Executive Administrative Director, Center for Communication and Civic Renewal

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Dr. Nathan Kalmoe is the Executive Administrative Director for the Center for Communication and Civic Renewal (CCCR). He joined the CCCR and School of Journalism and Mass Communication in January 2023. Kalmoe’s CCCR collaborations focus on understanding the roles of political communication ecologies in contentious political environments, along with challenges to democracy in Wisconsin and beyond.

Kalmoe has authored three books and two dozen articles that explore vital questions related to the news media, ideology and political violence. His most recent book, co-authored with Dr. Lilliana Mason, Radical American Partisanship: Mapping Violent Hostility, is Causes, and the Consequences for Democracy, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2022 and has been featured in outlets such as the National Review and the New York Times. His other book, With Ballots & Bullets: Partisanship & Violence in the American Civil War, published by the Cambridge University Press, won two major book awards.

Before returning to Wisconsin, Kalmoe was associate professor of political communication and Interim associate dean of undergraduate studies at the Manship School of Communication at Louisiana State University. He earned his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan in 2012 and graduated with degrees in journalism and political science from UW-Madison in 2005.

When he’s not on campus, Kalmoe enjoys playing with his kids, indoor rock climbing, disc golf, making music and time outdoors.