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Sarah Niebler

(she/they)Associate Professor of Political Science (2013)

Contact Information

Denny Hall Room 302


Professor Niebler's research and teaching interests are in the area of American politics, specifically campaigns and elections, political behavior, and public opinion. She teaches courses on those topics as well as Mass Media and American Politics, Polarization and American Politics, and Research Methods. Her scholarly work has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Political Communication, the Journal of Public Economics, the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties, American Politics Research, and the Journal of Women, Politics, and Policy. Additionally, her research and analysis has been featured on NPR’s “Hidden Brain”, and in The Hill and Roll Call, among others. Currently, Professor Niebler is working on a project examining the nationalization of American political campaigns, asking how much coordination and incidental compatibility is taking place between campaigns at the presidential, congressional, and state legislative levels in 2020.


  • B.A., Muhlenberg College, 2004
  • M.A., Lehigh University, 2005
  • M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2008
  • Ph.D., 2012

2021-2022 Academic Year

Spring 2022

FMST 220 Mass Media/American Politics
Cross-listed with POSC 243-01. Examines the causes, content, and consequences of political news, primarily focusing on television. It will explore the ways in which audience characteristics, organizational routines, and professional socialization influence the style and substance of the news. The content of news will be analyzed for: the three branches of government, war, foreign governments, crises, and presidential campaigns. The impact of the media on political behavior will also be discussed. Content analysis will be used by students to systematically analyze television network news. Prerequisite: 120, or permission of the instructor.

POSC 243 Mass Media/American Politics
Cross-listed with FMST 220-06.

POSC 490 Senior Thesis
Permission of instructor required.