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Hinda Mandell

Assistant Professor
3272 Eastman Hall
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.

She is the co-editor, along with Gina M. Chen (The University of Texas at Austin) of "Scandal in A Digital Age," which was published in August 2016 with Palgrave Macmillan.

She is also writing the book "Sex Scandals, Gender and Power in Contemporary American Politics," under contract with Praeger.

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 former correspondent for the Boston Globe, where she wrote 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's op-eds have appeared in USA Today, Politico, Chicago Tribune, Boston Herald, LA Times, the, Palm Beach Post, Oregonian, [Minneapolis] Star-Tribune, Star-Ledger and the Florida Sun-Sentinel. She blogs for the Huffington Post and Cognoscenti, the commentary site for Boston's NPR station. 

Hinda's award-winning documentary, "The Upside Down Book," chronicled her investigation into the origins of a Mein Kampf that her great uncle, a Jewish-American soldier, brought home from fighting overseas during WWII. The documentary originated as a series of articles for the Boston Globe.

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.

Please visit her website,, for more info on her latest work and research.

Mandell, H. & Martin, K.N. (forthcoming) “Honor in the face of shame: The semiotics of the American flag at political-sex-scandal press conferences.” Accepted for publication within Journal of Visual Literacy.

Mandell, H. & Chen, G.M. (2016). “Scandal-clad Politicians, Scorned Wives and Salacious News: Reaction to Contemporary Sex Scandals and Spousal Support in Times of Public Crisis,” Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture.

Mandell, H. (2015). “She legislates, he scandalizes: Re-envisioning the impact of political sex scandals on Assemblywomen in New York.” Journal of Feminist Scholarship

Mandell, H. (2015). "Political wives, scandal and the double bind: Press construction of Silda Spitzer and Jenny Sanford through a gendered lens. Women's Studies in Communication.

Mandell, H. (2015). "Imagine what the Gentiles must think: Editors of the Jewish press reflect on covering the Bernard Madoff scandal. In Ola Ogunyemi (Ed.) Journalism, Audiences and Diaspora. Palgrave.

Mandell, H (2015). “The Nazi treatment: Press coverage of Barack Obama and Bernard Madoff from 2008 to 2009.” International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics,

Martin, K.N. & Mandell, H. (2014). Iconic scandal: Faces of shame and the face that launched a million opinions. Visual Communication Quarterly.

Mandell, H. (2013). "Political sex scandal as an outgrowth of television culture: Moving the phenomenon beyond its sensational roots." Explorations in Media Ecology, 12(3/4).

Mandell, H. (2012). "Political wives and scandal: Reading agency in silence at press conferences." Catalan Journal of Communication and Cultural Studies, 4(20, pp. 203-220. 

Mandell, H. (2012) "'Stand by your man revisited': Political wives and scandal." In Ruggerio, A. (Ed.) Media depictions of brides, wives and mothers. New York: Lexington Books.

Mandell, H. & Liebler, C. (2012). “In-depth, on the streets: Bringing local rappers to the ivory tower” in Vannini, P. (Ed.) Popularizing Research. New York: Peter Lang Publisher