Amanda Wintersieck

Amanda L. Wintersieck, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
827 W. Franklin St.
Founders Hall
Box 842542


Ph.D. Arizona State University (2015)


Amanda L. Wintersieck, Ph.D., is an associate professor of political science at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her research interests lie in political behavior and political communication. Specifically, she is interested in the effects of political campaigns on voters’ evaluations of candidates, on the role the media plays in citizen’s vote choice and the conditions that advantage a candidate’s campaign. Her current research focuses on the role of news media and the impact of the electoral context in political campaigns. She pursues these interests utilizing a multi-methodological approach, including experiments, surveys and content analysis.

Her work has appeared in the Political Communication, American Politics Research, Politics, Groups, and Identities, The Praeger Handbook of Political Campaigning in the United States, The Politics of Truth in Polarized America, and The London School of Economics American Politics and Policy Blog.

Professor Wintersieck teaches undergraduate courses on political behavior, public opinion, research design, American government, campaigns and elections, and the media and politics.

Select Publications

Wintersieck, Amanda, and Jill Carle. 2019. Gender, race, and stereotypes in the 2008 presidential primary. Politics, Groups, and Identities. 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. 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.

Wintersieck, Amanda and Kim Fridkin. 2016. Fact-checking During Political Campaigns: Results from a Content Analysis. In William Benoit Ed. “The Praeger Handbook of Political Campaigning in the United States”, 145-163.

Fridkin, Kim, Patrick Kenney, and Amanda Wintersieck. 2015. Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire: How Fact-Checking Influences Reactions to Negative Advertising. Political Communication, 32(1): 127-151.