Bio

Dr. Caroline Heldman is chair of the Politics Department at Occidental College. She is a political commentator for MSNBC, Fox Business News, RT America, and Al Jazeera English.  Professor Heldman earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from Rutgers University and specializes in the American presidency and systems of power, as well as media, gender, and race in the American context.

Dr. Heldman’s work has been featured in the top journals in her field, including the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, Political Psychology, and Political Communications. She co-edited the popular book, Rethinking Madame President: Is the US Ready for a Woman in the White House? (2007). Dr. Heldman’s work has also been featured in popular publications, including the New York Times, U.S. News and World Report, Ms. Magazine, The Huffington Post, and The Daily Beast.

She has also been active in "real world" politics as a congressional staffer, campaign manager, campaign consultant, and political activist. She drove to New Orleans to help rebuild the city after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005, and she has returned many times since. Heldman works in a leadership position with Common Ground, a New Orleans-based grassroots relief organization, and is the co-founder of Critical Response, a group that provides volunteers to engage in high-risk rescue efforts during crises and disasters.

Prior to teaching at Occidental College, Professor Heldman taught at Whittier College, Fairfield University, and Rutgers University. She holds a bachelors degree in business administration from Washington State University, and has worked as the General Manager for Bio-Energy Systems and a Research Manager for Consumer Health Sciences.

Follow Dr. Heldman on Twitter @CarolineHeldman.

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