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Hinda Mandell

Associate Professor
School of Communication
College of Liberal Arts

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Hinda Mandell

Associate Professor
School of Communication
College of Liberal Arts


BA, Brandeis University; MA, Harvard University; Ph.D., Syracuse University


Hinda Mandell joined the department in August 2011. She conducts research at the intersection of sensational news with private lives. She is the author or editor of five books (in print or forthcoming), including:

Nasty Women and Bad Hombres: Gender and Race in the 2016 US Presidential Election, with co-editors Christine Kray, anthropologist, and Tamar Carroll, historian, was published by University of Rochester Press in October 2018.

She is the author of "Sex Scandals, Gender and Power in Contemporary American Politics," (Praeger 2017).

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 2016 with Palgrave Macmillan.

She is under contract with Rowman & Littlefield to edit the anthology, Crafting Dissent: Handicraft as Protest from the American Revolution to the Pussyhats.

And she, along with Juilee Decker of RIT's Museum Studies Program, received a $5,000 grant from the Farash Foundation to publish the book Crafting Democracy: Fiber Arts and Activism with RIT Press, coinciding with an eponymous exhibit opening at the Central Branch of the Rochester Public Library in August 2019.

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.

Hinda's 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.

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, omghinda.com, for more info on her latest work and research.


Areas of Expertise
Holocaust and memory

Currently Teaching

3 Credits
The public speaking course is designed to equip the student with knowledge of the theories and principles necessary for formal public speaking. Informative and persuasive speeches are the focus with emphasis on organization, evidence, language use, strategy, delivery, and effective use of media aids. Public speaking is generally offered each semester.
3 Credits
Technology-mediated communication (TMC) was originally defined as a form of electronic written communication. As networking tools advanced, TMC expanded to include new software developments, such as instant messenger and the web. Today, the term technology-mediated communication is used to refer to a wide range of technologies that facilitate both human communication and the interactive sharing of information through computer networks. Through readings, discussions, and observations of online behavior, students will be introduced to TMC terms and theories to further develop their TMC communication and critical thinking skills.
3 Credits
Practicum in advanced techniques of news gathering, reporting, and writing, with an emphasis on reportorial principles and practices. This class expands upon the processes of gathering, evaluating, investigating, and presenting information to news media audiences previously introduced in newswriting.
3 Credits
This course introduces students to the principles and practices of editing hard news and feature articles, including news judgment, story selection, headline writing, copy editing, and picture editing. The course emphasizes reader interest, readability, clarity, verification, and style, as well as legality, ethics, and propriety.
3 Credits
The history and development of U.S. media, theoretical aspects of mass communications, the composition of media audiences, law and regulation of mass communications and how the media affect and are affected by society are presented.

Latest News

  • July 17, 2019

    Knit rug with the word "RESIST" in the center.

    RIT professors organize yarn installation in Rochester Aug. 21

    Grab your needles, yarn or thread, and get crafting for democracy in a community-wide tribute to Rochester’s legacy of social activism with a contemporary twist. Fiber artists are needed to contribute to a yarn installation celebrating the Rochester Ladies Anti-Slavery Sewing Society at a historic site on Corinthian Street.

  • October 23, 2018

    The cover of Carroll, Kray and Mandell's new book, featuring bright red text for the title and two small portraits of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

    Faculty members’ new book looks at 2016 presidential election

    Nasty Women and Bad Hombres: Gender and Race in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, edited by three RIT faculty members in RIT’s College of Liberal Arts, looks at how Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and American voters invoked ideas of gender, race and history in that election.

Select Scholarship

Full Length Book
Mandell, Christine A. Kray, Tamar W. Carroll, Hinda. Nasty Women and Bad Hombres: Gender and Race in the 2016 US Presidential Election. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2018. Print.
Mandell, Hinda. Sex Scandals, Gender and Power in Contemporary American Politics. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2017. Print.
Mandell, Hinda and Gina M. Chen. Scandal in a digital age. NY, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. Print.
Journal Paper
Mandell, Hinda and Meredith Davenport (photos). "Recreating and Reenvisioning Scandal: A Photographic Exploration of the Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner Press Conferences." Journal of Feminist Scholarship. Spring 2018 (2018): Online. Web.
Mandell, Hinda and Gina M. Chen. "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 and culture 7. 1 (2016): 85-98. Print.
Mandell, Hinda. "Political Wives, Scandal, and the Double Bind: Press Construction of Silda Spitzer and Jenny Sanford Through a Gendered Lens." Women's Studies in Communication 38. 1 (2015): 55-77. Print.
Martin, Kelly and Hinda Mandell. "Faces of Political Sex Scandal: Investigating Pathways to Penance, Remedy and Resolution through Iconic Scandal." Visual Communication Quarterly 21. 4 (2014): 236-247. Print.
Book Chapter
Kray, Christine A, Tamar Carroll, and Hinda Mandell. "Introduction to Nasty Women and Bad Hombres: Historical Reflections on the 2016 Presidential Election." Nasty women and bad hombres: Gender and race in the 2016 US presidential election. rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2018. 1-24. Print.
mandell, hinda. "Birthing Family: Narrative and Baby on Election Day." Nasty Women and Bad Hombres: Gender and Race in the 2016 US Presidential Election. rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2018. 264-270. Print.
Carroll, Tamar W, Hinda Mandell, and Christine Kray. "Epilogue." Nasty Women and Bad Hombres: Gender and Race in the 2016 US Presidential Election. rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2018. 337-350. Print.
Mandell, Hinda and Gina M. Chen. "Introduction: Scandal in the Age of Likes, Selfies, Retweets and Sexting." Scandal in a digital age. Ed. Hinda mandell and Gina M. Chen. NY, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. 3-14. Print.
Chen, Gina M. and Hinda mandell. "Predicting a New Scandal Environment in the 21st Century." Scandal in a digital age. Ed. hinda mandell and Gina M. Chen. NY, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. 209-216. Print.