Dr. Heldman is an Associate Professor of Politics at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Her research specializes in the presidency, systems of power (race, class, gender, and sexuality), and sexual violence. Her work has been featured in the top journals in her field, she co-edited Rethinking Madame President: Are We Ready for a Woman in the White House? (2007), and authored The Sexy Lie: The War on Women’s Bodies and the Way to Fight Back (2016). Dr. Heldman has been active in “real world” politics as a professional pollster, campaign manager, and commentator for MSNBC, FOX News, Fox Business News, CNBC, and Al Jazeera America. She splits her time between Los Angeles and New Orleans where she co-founded the New Orleans Women’s Shelter and the Lower Ninth Ward Living Museum. Dr. Heldman also co-founded End Rape on Campus (EROC) and Faculty Against Rape (FAR).