BA, Brandeis University; MA, Harvard University; Ph.D., Syracuse University
Hinda Mandell is an associate professor in the School of Communication, which she joined in 2011. She conducts research at the intersection of sensational events with private lives. Since 2018, her research has focused on the intersection of craft and political events, examining craft as a gendered, communication tool that can subvert the social order.
She is editor of Crafting Dissent: Handicraft as Protest from the American Revolution to the Pussyhats(Rowman & Littlefield, 2019); co-curator and co-editor of Crafting Democracy: Fiber Arts and Activism(RIT Press, 2019, with the exhibition touring in the U.S. in 2019-2020); a co-editor of Nasty Women and Bad Hombres: Gender and Race in the 2016 US Presidential Election(University of Rochester Press, 2018); the author of Sex Scandals, Gender and Power in Contemporary American Politics(Praeger, 2017) and co-editor of Scandal in a Digital Age(Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).
Mandell is passionate about organizing crowd-created yarn installations in public spaces connected to the history of a region's social-reform movements.
Her journal articles have been published in such venues as Women's Studies in Communication, Visual Communication Quarterly, Media Ecology and Journal of Feminist Scholarship.
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.
Her op-eds have appeared in USA Today, Politico, Chicago Tribune, Boston Herald, LA Times, the Guardian.com, 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. In 2018 she reported on "The Babies of the Trump Election" for Politico.
Mandell'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.
In the News
September 23, 2020
RIT to host Reporting While Black panel discussion on Oct. 1
RIT will host a virtual panel discussion focused on the unique challenges and opportunities facing Black journalists and why representation in the media matters. The event, titled Reporting While Black, will feature six Rochester-based Black journalists from TV, radio, and print media at both the local and national level.
August 5, 2020
Journalism program to discuss the future of Rochester news
Editors and reporters from Rochester news outlets will discuss how they are fulfilling their duties of a free press during the COVID-19 pandemic during a panel discussion organized by RIT’s School of Communication. “The Future of News in ROC” will be held via Zoom on Sept. 8 and is free and open to the public.
February 18, 2020
RIT art gallery hosting traveling craft exhibit borne out of political activism
A traveling exhibit that calls upon craft as a creative force in voicing dissent and expressing hope in an era of political disruption is making its first-ever stop at RIT over the next month.
September 11, 2020
In a hectic time, some journalists reflect on covering the news
August 6, 2019
'Crafting Democracy' fights fire with fiber
July 17, 2019
Using yarn installation to create a thread to Rochester's social activism past