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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
  • Phone
    (978) 934-5486
  • Office
    Dugan Hall - 2nd Floor
  • Email

Research Interests

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

Dr. Kleinberg focuses on technology (new media), political knowledge, and public opinion. She is trained as a political psychologist and uses experiments and surveys in her research. Most of her upcoming research is on race (and sometimes gender) and politics, but her published work fits squarely in traditional political behavior and public opinion scholarship.<br><br>Dr. Kleinberg is keenly interested in the intersection of race and new technology (e.g. algorithms and their role in racial inequality; new media and social movements, the internet and political knowledge of marginalized populations; facebook and ethnic conflict). She is also interested in white racial resentment and the role of white identity in the formation of policy positions (e.g. resistance to affirmative action, universal health care, reparations, etc). Lastly, Dr. Kleinberg also works on the measurement of racial attitudes in survey and experimental research.


  • 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


<b>Mona Kleinberg</b> received her PhD in 2014 from Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Her work in the American Politics sub-field focuses on political communication and the effects of race and gender on public opinion. She also has a significant interest in survey and experimental research. Her research has been published in <i>Public Opinion Quarterly,</i> <i>Political Behavior</i>, and the<i> Journal of Political Marketing</i>. Dr. Kleinberg is the recipient of several grants and fellowships, including a Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).<br><br><br>

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

  • 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. (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, 1-25.
  • Kleinberg, M. (2016). Candidate Extremity, Information Environments, and Affective Polarization: Three Experiments Using Dynamic Process Tracing (pp. 67-87). Springer
  • 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, 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
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