I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Political Science department at the University of California, San Diego. I graduated summa cum laude from Willamette University in 2012 with a B.A. in Politics. Before coming to graduate school I worked as Chief of Staff and Campaign Manager for Oregon State Senator Mark Hass. When I am not thinking about political science I like baking cakes, and hiking with my son and dog. Please feel free to contact me at heidi.m.mcnamara@gmail.com, I’d love to hear from you.