Dr. Heldman is an Associate Professor of Politics at Occidental College in Los Angeles and the principal researcher for the Geena Davis Institute for Gender in Media. Her research specializes in media, the presidency, and systems of power (race, class, gender). Dr. Heldman co-edited Rethinking Madame President: Are We Ready for a Woman in the White House?(2007). Her forthcoming books are Consumer Activism in the U.S.: Some Democratic Implications (Cornell University Press, 2017) and Women, Power, and Politics: The Right for Gender Equality in the United States (Oxford University Press, 2017). 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 has also been featured in popular documentaries, including Missrepresentation, The Mask You Live In, The Hunting Ground, and Informant. 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), and was one of the early architects of the new campus anti-rape movement.