Marc Hetherington is Assistant Professor of Government and Legal Studies at Bowdoin College. He received his B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1990 and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1997. Before coming to Bowdoin in 1998, he taught at the University of Virginia. While his dissertation centered on the effect of the mass media on public opinion, his current research assesses the effect that declining political trust has had on the American public policy agenda. He argues that declining trust provides the most compelling explanation for why the public now apparently wants the government to do less. Some of his previous work has been published in the American Political Science Review and the American Journal of Political Science.