Mona S. Kleinberg, Ph.D.
Dugan Hall
883 Broadway St.
Lowell, MA 01854

Mona S. Kleinberg, PhD

Department of Political Science

University of Massachusetts,



Dr. Kleinberg is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.


Research interest summary: Dr. Kleinberg studies how technology and new media affect democratic politics in the US (and abroad). She also examines the role of race and gender in American political opinion and behavior,  and she has a significant interest in survey and experimental research.

Dr. Kleinberg 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. Her work has appeared in Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Behavior, and the Journal of Political Marketing. Dr. Kleinberg is the recipient of several grants and fellowships, including a Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).


Current research: 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 works on the measurement of racial attitudes in survey and experimental research.

Teaching: Dr. Kleinberg enjoys teaching and advising students. At UML, her courses include "Introduction to American Politics," "The Politics of Race and Ethnicity," and the upper level seminar on "Political Communication." She also teaches the service-learning "Practicum," and often finds herself chatting with students over coffee about classes, politics, and career aspirations. Other courses she has taught include "Public Opinion," "Introduction to Research Methods," and "Constitutional Law."

Personal: Dr. Kleinberg lives with her husband and their two small children in the beautiful Hudson Valley, N.Y. where she tries to spend as much time outside with her kids as possible. She is a native of Munich, Germany.