||Caroline Heldman, chair of the politics department at Occidental College, will discuss how race, class and gender affected voter decisions in the 2012 presidential election. Heldman was the co-editor of the 2007 book “Rethinking Madam President: Are We Ready for a Woman in the White House?” Published in the top journals in her field, her work has been highlighted in The New York Times, U.S. News and World Report and Ms. magazine. She is also a political commentator for MSNBC, Fox Business News and Al Jazeera English. Before coming to Occidental, Heldman taught at Whittier College, Fairfield University and Rutgers University. She also has been a congressional staffer, campaign manager and political activist. She has also worked as a political reviewer for the Associated Press, a reporter for KPFK Los Angeles and the general manager for Bio-Energy Systems. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University and master’s and doctoral degrees from Rutgers.