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Mona Kleinberg

Mona S. Kleinberg
Mona S. Kleinberg, Ph.D. Assistant Professor
  • College
    College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Department
    Political Science
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  • Office
    Dugan Hall - 2nd Floor
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Political Communication, Political Psychology, Race & Gender, and Methods

Research Interests

Political Communication; Political Psychology; Race & Gender; Survey and Experimental Research Methods.

Kleinberg examines how technology (new media) and race affect political cognition and opinion. She is trained as a political psychologist and uses experiments and surveys in her research. Her research has been published in Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Behavior, and the International Journal of Press/Politics.

Kleinberg is the recipient of several grants and fellowships, including a Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).


  • 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


Kleinberg graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004 with a BA in communications and a minor in political science. After working in communications for several years, she returned to school and earned her PhD in political science from Rutgers University in 2014. She joined UML in the Fall of 2015.

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

  • Whitten-Woodring, J.M., Kleinberg, M., Thawnghmung, A., Thitsar, M.T. (2020). Poison If You Don’t Know How to Use It: Facebook, Democracy, and Human Rights in Myanmar . International Journal of Press/Politics
  • Kleinberg, M.S., Lau, R.R. (). Forthcoming: Googling Politics: How Offloading Affects Voting and Political Knowledge. Political Psychology
  • Kleinberg, M., Lau, R.R. (Rutgers Univ) (2019). The Importance of Political Knowledge for Effective Citizenship: Differences Between the Broadcast and Internet Generations. Public Opinion Quarterly, 2(83).
  • Lau, R.R., Kleinberg, M., Ditonto, T.M. (2018). Measuring Voter Decision Strategies in Political Behavior and Public Opinion Research. Public Opinion Quarterly, 82(S1) 911-936.
  • 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, 1-25.
  • Stalsburg, B.L., Kleinberg, M. (2016). “A Mom First and a Candidate Second”: Gender Differences in Candidates' Self-Presentation of Family. Journal of Political Marketing, 15(4) 285-310.

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.