Kathryn McGarr

Associate Professor


Office: Vilas 5146

Kathryn McGarr headshot


My research is in twentieth-century U.S. political history, with a focus on gender, foreign policy, and the news media. I am especially interested in how social networks and political culture shape opinions about U.S. foreign policy.


Ph.D., History, Princeton University
M.S., Journalism, Columbia University
B.A., History, Stanford University


Cover of the book "City of Newsmen" by Kathryn McGarr

Kathryn J. McGarr. City of Newsmen: Public Lies and Professional Secrets in Cold War Washington. University of Chicago Press, 2022.

Cover of the book "The Whole Damn Deal" by Kathryn McGarrKathryn J. McGarr. The Whole Damn Deal: Robert Strauss and the Art of Politics. Public Affairs, 2011.

Selected Publications


  • JOURN 201: Introduction to Mass Communication
  • JOURN 405: Creative Non-Fiction
  • JOURN/HIST 560: History of U.S. Media
  • JOURN 669: Literary Aspects of Journalism
  • JOURN/HIST 808: Mass Communication History