Amanda Wintersieck

Amanda L. Wintersieck, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Director, Institute for Democracy, Pluralism, and Community Empowerment

(804) 828-2076

Founders Hall, 827 W. Franklin St., Room 307

Political Behavior

Political Communication

Campaigns &



  • Ph.D., Political Science, Arizona State University, 2015
  • M.A., Political Science, Arizona State University, 2011
  • B.A., Political Science Colorado State University-Pueblo, 2009

Research Interests

  • The effect of political campaigns on voter's evaluations of candidates
  • The role of media in citizen's vote choice
  • The conditions that advantage a candidate's campaign

Selected Publications

  • Keena, Alex, and Amanda Wintersieck. 2022. The Fundraising Effects of Facebook Marketing During the 2020 Election. Journal of Marketing Development and Competitiveness, 16(4).
  • Arnold, Jason, Alexandra Reckendorf, and Amanda Wintersieck. 2021. The Effect of Country-of-Origin Alerts on Social Media Users’ Likelihood to Believe and Share Disinformation Posts. The Harvard Kennedy School Misinformation Review.
  • Wintersieck, Amanda, and Jill Carle. 2020. Gender, race, and stereotypes in the 2008 presidential primary. Politics, Groups, and Identities. 8:4, 714-737, DOI: 10.1080/21565503.2019.1629304.
  • Wintersieck, Amanda, Kim Fridkin, and Patrick Kenney. 2018. The Message Matters: How Fact-Checking Influences Evaluations of Political Messages. Journal of Political Marketing 20(2): 93-120. In print 2021. DOI: 10.1080/15377857.2018.1457591.
  • Wintersieck, Amanda. 2017. Debating the Truth: The Impact of Fact-Checking on Candidate Evaluations. American Politics Research, 45(2): 304-331.


  • Affiliated Scholar, Institute for Democracy and Higher Education, Tufts University
  • President, SPSA Women, Southern Political Science Association


  • Public Opinion and Polling
  • Media and Politics
  • Research Methods
  • VCUVotes
  • U.S. Government