Position title: Community Development Specialist, UW Extension
Kristin Runge’s primary areas of focus are: communication research, economic development, community branding, placemaking, and the development of public opinion related to controversial issues. Previously, Dr. Runge worked as a lecturer in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and held several marketing positions for non-profit organizations including the American Red Cross, American Cancer Society and Community Blood Center of Appleton. Dr. Runge’s work focuses on individual media use and personal predispositions as filters for attitudes related to controversial issues in emerging technology and economic development. Dr. Runge holds a B.A. in communication arts from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, an M.S. in marketing from The Robinson School of Business at Georgia State University and a PhD. in mass communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.