Laura Hill, Deputy Director

Laura Hill is the Deputy Director for the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. She manages the Institute's political programming, including the weekly series "Students Talk Back: A Politics and Public Policy Forum," evening programming and weekend conferences. Laura also oversees the Institute's internship program, and implemented its on-campus research internship, the California Policy Research Internship Program.

Before her work with the Unruh Institute of Politics, Laura served as the VoteEasy Research and Quality Control Coordinator for Project Vote Smart, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding factual information on candidates and elected officials. In her role as the VoteEasy Research Coordinator, Laura directed students of the University of Southern California in an innovative research-based internship program. As an undergraduate, Laura interned at the district office of U.S. Congressman Aaron Schock, El Colegio San Rafael in Granada, Spain, and the International Institute of St. Louis.

Laura received her BA in International Studies and Spanish from Bradley University where she graduated with honors. She is the 2011 recipient of the Nyaradi Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Dedicated Public Service, and Professional Excellence, and of the John R. Howard Award for Outstanding Research in International Studies.

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