Watkins Glen State Park

Watkins Glen State Park

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Academic Positions:

  • Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Dickinson College, 2020-Present
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Dickinson College, 2013-2020
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, Vanderbilt University, 2012-2013


  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ph.D. in Political Science, 2012
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, M.A. in Political Science, 2008
  • Lehigh University (Bethlehem, PA), M.A. in Political Science, 2005
  • Muhlenberg College (Allentown, PA), B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy, summa cum laude with honors in Political Science, 2004

Peer Reviewed Publications:

  • Niebler, Sarah and Sophie Ackert*. Forthcoming. “Campaigns in the Tenth Congressional District: Competitiveness, Professionalism, and Asymmetric Nationalization” in Are All Politics Nationalized? Evidence from the 2020 Campaigns in Pennsylvania, edited by Stephen K. Medvic, Matthew M. Schousen, and Berwood A. Yost. Temple University Press.
  • Lessem, Rebecca, Sarah Niebler, and Carly Urban. Forthcoming. “Do House Prices Affect Campaign Contributions?” Economics & Politics.
  • Niebler, Sarah and Lanethea Mathews-Schultz . 2021. “What Do Pennsylvania Voters Think about Women’s Representation? What We Learned from 2016 and 2018 Exit Polls.” Commonwealth: A Journal of Pennsylvania Politics and Policy 21(1): 7-29.
  • Niebler, Sarah. 2020. “Vote-by-Mail: COVID-19 and the 2020 Presidential Primaries.” Society 57: 547-553.
  • Niebler, Sarah, Kathleen Marchetti, and Thomas Kozdron*. 2020. “Gubernatorial Elections and Coattail Effects of Women Candidates.” Journal of Woman, Politics, and Policy 41(3): 334-350.
  • Niebler, Sarah, Jacob Neiheisel, and Matthew Holleque. 2018. “By ground or by air? Voter mobilization during the United States’ 2008 presidential campaign.” Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties 28(1): 78-104.
  • Niebler, Sarah and Carly Urban. 2017. “Does Negative Advertising Affect Giving Behavior? Evidence from Campaign Contributions.” Journal of Public Economics 146: 15-26.
  • Neiheisel, Jacob and Sarah Niebler. 2015. “On the Limits of Persuasion: Campaign Ads and the Structure of Voters’ Interpersonal Discussion Networks.” Political Communication 32(3): 434-452.
  • Urban, Carly and Sarah Niebler. 2014. “Dollars on the Sidewalk: Should U.S. Presidential Candidates Advertise in Uncontested States?” American Journal of Political Science 58(2): 322-336.
  • Neiheisel, Jacob and Sarah Niebler. 2013. “The Use of Party Brand Labels in Congressional Election Campaigns, 1998-2008.” Legislative Studies Quarterly 38(3): 377-403.
  • Wichowsky, Amber and Sarah Niebler. 2010. “Narrow Victories and Hard Games: Revisiting the Primary Divisiveness Hypothesis.” American Politics Research 38(6): 1052-1071.

* – Student Co-Author

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Awards and Honors:

  • Dickinson College Student Senate Faculty Member of the Year (AY 2015-2016)
  • Hovland Paper Award (2011): Awarded to the best paper by a graduate student submitted to a journal (with Carly Urban)
  • Teaching Assistant Fellow (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012)
  • Communication-B Teaching Assistant Fellow (Spring 2011)
  • John Brown and Frances J.B. Mason Scholarship Fund Summer Fellowship (Summer 2008): Financial support for students studying American government
  • Allentown Human Relations Commission Award (2005): Awarded to groups who bridge the gaps between people of different cultures, languages, races, ages, and backgrounds
  • The Political Science Award, Muhlenberg College (2004)
  • Noel R. and Edith J. Moyer Award in Philosophy, Muhlenberg College (2004)
  • Phi Beta Kappa (2004)
  • Verizon Academic All-District College Division At-Large First Team (2004)
  • Verizon Academic All-District College Division At-Large Second Team (2003)
  • Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll (2002-2004)