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
February 14, 2022
Creating a free speech campus culture
After the contested 2020 presidential election, the tumult of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, and the national protests following the killing of George Floyd, RIT looked inward to see how to address the political climate with the student body. The result is an increased effort to create a campus culture of free speech and to give students the skills to participate in civil discourse respectfully and productively long after they graduate.
December 20, 2021
Op-ed: Advice to Jewish parents who send their kids to Catholic school this ‘J’Oy-ful’ time of year
Essay by Hinda Mandell, associate professor in the School of Communication, published in the Chicago Tribune.
April 14, 2021
RIT Students Use Data Visualizations to Pose Questions About Crime, Policing, Parks, and More
Reclaiming the Narrative features Hinda Mandell, associate professor in the School of Communication, and her data journalism class.
March 4, 2022
Mandell presents on ‘critical crafting’
February 22, 2022
Mandell a panelist for event on Anna Murray Douglass and Rosetta Douglass Sprague
February 17, 2022
Mandell presents on craft, protest, and feminism
October 4, 2021
Mandell invited to join editorial board