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Mona Kleinberg

Mona S. Kleinberg
Mona S. KleinbergAssistant Professor
  • College
    College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Department
    Political Science
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Research Interests

Political Communications, Political Psychology, Race & Gender, Survey and Experimental Research Methods


  • Ph D: American Politics, (2014), Rutgers University - New Brunswick, NJ
    Supporting Area: Women & Politics, Quantitative Methods
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: "The Internet, Race, and US Democracy: Does a High-Choice Information Environment Lead to Better-Informed Citizens?"
  • BA: Communication, (2004), University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, PA
    Supporting Area: Political Science


Mona Kleinberg received her PhD in 2014 from Rutgers University, New Brunswick. She focuses on how the new media environment (the Internet) affects democratic politics. She also examines the role of race and gender in American politics and has a significant interest in survey and experimental research. She was a visiting professor at Lehigh University from 2014-15 and is now a faculty member at UMass Lowell. Mona is the recipient of several grants and fellowships, including a Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation. She is currently working on a large project related to Internet use and political knowledge among young Americans (with Richard Lau, Rutgers). This project was inspired by the somewhat cynical question whether young Americans, who carry their smart phones 24/7, will ever bother committing information to memory in an age when they can 'just google it.'

Selected Awards and Honors

  • 2012 APSA Political Psychology Distinguished Junior Scholar Award (2012)
  • Clogg Scholarship Award (2011) - ASA Sociology Methods Section and the Inter-University Consortium for Political & Social Research (ICPSR)
  • Special Funding Award (2011) - Rutgers University Graduate School

Selected Publications

  • Lau, R.R. (Rutgers University), Kleinberg, M., Ditonto, T.M. (Iowa State) (2018) "Measuring Voter Decision Strategies in Political Behavior and Public Opinion Research", Public Opinion Quarterly
  • Kleinberg, M., Lau, R.R., Andersen, D.J., Ditonto, T.M., Redlawsk, D.P. (2016) "Effect of Media Environment Diversity and Advertising Tone on Information Search, Selective Exposure, and Affective Polarization", Political Behavior pp. 1-25
  • Kleinberg, M. (2016) "Candidate Extremity, Information Environments, and Affective Polarization: Three Experiments Using Dynamic Process Tracing", Springer pp. 67-87
  • Kleinberg, M., Stalsburg, B.L. (2015) "A Mom First and a Candidate Second: Gender Differences in Candidates’ Self-Presentation of Family", Journal of Political Marketing pp. 1–26

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Louis Bevier Dissertation Fellowship (2012), Fellowship - Rutgers University
    Kleinberg, M.
  • Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (DDRIG) (2012), Grant - National Science Foundation (NSF)
    Kleinberg, M.
  • Organized Section on Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior APSA Travel Grant (2011), Grant -
    Kleinberg, M.
  • Excellence Fellowship (2007), Fellowship - Department of Political Science, Rutgers University
    Kleinberg, M.