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Sarah Niebler is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA.  She is delighted to be back in south-central Pennsylvania after spending a decade living in various parts of the United States.

Sarah earned her Ph.D. in August 2012 in the Political Science Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her dissertation examines the structure, substance, and effects of presidential nominating contests. She also considers how various aspects of nominating contests affect political knowledge. Her research and teaching interests are in American politics, specifically political behavior, campaigns and elections, and public opinion.  During academic year 2012-2013, Sarah was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Sarah is originally from Gettysburg, PA and attended Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, where she double-majored in Political Science and Philosophy. Unable to turn down the opportunity to be the Assistant Director at Muhlenberg’s Institute of Public Opinion during the 2004 election, Sarah stayed in the Lehigh Valley, completing a Master’s in Political Science at Lehigh University (Bethlehem, PA).  She then moved to Nashville (for the first time) where she worked as a research analyst for the Nashville REACH 2010 project.