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Hinda Mandell

Assistant Professor
B.A. in Judaic and Islamic studies, Brandeis University, M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University, Ph.D. in mass communications, Syracuse University.

Hinda Mandell joined the department in August 2011. She researches news coverage of scandal, focusing in particular on the gender and religious dimensions of these news events. Her dissertation examined media construction of wives at the center of political sex scandals. She comes to academic research after writing for the popular press, including both religious and nonsectarian publications.

A recipient of international fellowships, including the American Council on Germany's McCloy Journalism Fellowship and the Museum of Jewish Heritage's Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellowship, Hinda has reported from Germany, Poland, China, Dublin and Jerusalem. She is a correspondent for the Boston Globe, where she writes on suburban life and religious affairs. She was one of the newspaper's correspondents who reported on Bernie Madoff's $65 billion Ponzi scheme. Hinda also writes and blogs for the Forward newspaper.

Hinda is the former editor in chief of Boston's Jewish Advocate, where she directed news coverage of religious affairs and their cultural implications. She is a former features editor at the Bennington Banner in Vermont. Hinda began her reporting career at the North Adams Transcript in Massachusetts, where she covered the cops and courts beat.

Mandell, H. & Liebler, C. (2011 forthcoming). “In-depth, on the streets: Bringing local rappers to the ivory tower” in Vannini, P. (Ed.) Popularizing Research. New York: Peter Lang Publisher

Mandell, H. (2011, June 7). The scandal scenario for wives. Politico.Retrieved from

Mandell, H. (2009, June 9). Madoff Jewish? Big deal. The Palm Beach Post.Retrieved from

My Mein Kamp is a project Hinda's been working on since 2010. In it, she explores the roots of a 1937 edition of this book, Hitler's political manifesto, that has been in her Jewish family since the end of World War II. Hinda hopes to travel to Luebeck, Germany, to trace the book's origins and meet the descendants of the book's original owners. Walter and Klara Tefts of Luebeck received this book from their mayor in 1937, on the occasion of their marriage. Check out two articles she's written for the Boston Globe on this topic:

The Heirloom that they fear, The Boston Globe, Jan. 31, 2010

Heirloom Mein Kampf: Return to Germany? The Boston Globe, March 21, 2010