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Kathleen G. Donohue received her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. Before coming to Central Michigan University in 2004, she taught at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the University of Georgia, Barnard College, and Columbia University.

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Research and Teaching Interests

Professor Donohue is primarily interested in the ways in which Americans make sense of their political world. Her first book, Freedom from Want: American Liberalism and the Idea of the Consumer (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003; paperback 2005), looked at the role that American ideas about the producer and the consumer played in transforming free-market liberalism into its more activist modern counterpart. Recent publications include the edited collection Liberty and Justice for All? Rethinking Politics in Cold War America (Amherst, 2012) and an article “Choosing Conservatism in the 1930s: The Political Odyssey of F. J. Schlink,” which recently appeared The Journal of the Historical Society. Her current book project, Information Wars: The Public’s Right to Know and the Making of Modern America, for which she received both a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship and a Theodore Sorensen Research Fellowship, examines the ways in which the politics and political discourse surrounding the public’s right to know shaped public policy and ideas about democracy, citizenship and governance between 1945 and 1990. Professor Donohue has also taught in Germany on several occasions, most recently at universities in Bochum and Heidelberg.​