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Sarah Niebler

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

Fall 2021

POSC 239 Research Methods
Helps the student answer (in the affirmative) the question, "Is political science a science?" Students will learn how to generate and test hypotheses through creating and executing research designs. Survey research, experimentation, content analysis, participant observation, and other methodologies will be studied. Although no prior knowledge of statistics is necessary, Math 121 is helpful. This class is especially recommended for prospective graduate students in the social sciences.

POSC 242 Political Behavior
Cultural, social, and psychological factors which contribute to forms and directions of political behavior. Special attention is given to American voting behavior, ethnic political behavior, and personality influences on politics. Field surveys are undertaken to illustrate contemporary trends. Prerequisite: 120, or permission of the instructor.

LALC 251 Latin Amer Govt & Politics
Cross-listed with POSC 251-01.

POSC 251 Latin Amer Govt & Politics
Cross-listed with LALC 251-01.

POSC 290 Democracy & Politics of Immig
This class will be anchored by the American experience, but will ask broader questions – empirical and normative – about the impact of migration on the democratic order in Canada and Western Europe as well as the US.