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Hinda Mandell

Associate Professor

School of Communication
College of Liberal Arts
Program Director - Journalism

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Hinda Mandell

Associate Professor

School of Communication
College of Liberal Arts
Program Director - Journalism

Education

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

Bio

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’s website is omghinda.com, and she’s on Instagram: @crochetactivism.

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.

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Invited Keynote/Presentation
Mandell, Hinda. "Craft, Protest and Feminism: Disruptors Yesterday and Today." Invited talk, Zoom event. Carpenter's Hall and National Liberty Museum. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 2 Feb. 2022. Address.
Mandell, Hinda. "Invited panelist." The Douglass Women: Another Look at Anna Murray and Rosetta. 540 West Main. Rochester, New York. 10 Feb. 2022. Address.
Mandell, Hinda. "Critical Crafting In and Beyond Humanities Classrooms: 19th-Century Material Culture and 21st-Century Open Pedagogy." Crafting Communities Symposia. University of Manitoba, University of Alberta, and University of Victoria. Manitoba, Canada. 25 Feb. 2022. Address.
Mandell, Hinda. "Crafting Dissent Together Apart: A Legacy of Craft Action from a COVID Year." keynote talk as part of Dissent Made Material Symposium. George Mason's Gunston Hall. Lorton, Virginia. 18 Feb. 2021. Keynote Speech.
Journal Paper
Mandell, Hinda. "‘Monstrous’ Craft Activism: A City Yarn Installation that Wrought Controversy through Textile Togetherness and Community Engagement." Craft Research 12. 1 (2021): 31-50. Print.
Mandell, Hinda. "Handcraft as Urban Intervention: In Recognition of the Rochester Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Sewing Society." Journal of Urban Cultural Studies 7. 2 and 3 (2020): 175-186. Print.
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
Mandell, Hinda. "Craft Activism, Violence and Memory-Making: Jewish Hearts for Pittsburgh." Race, Gender, and Political Culture in the Trump Era: The Fascist Allure. Ed. Christine A. Kray and Uli Linke. Oxfordshire, United Kingdom: Routledge, 2021. 174-193. Print.
Mandell, Hinda. "Stigma, Shame, Sex Scandals, and Whiteness in Buffalo, New Yok." Gender, race, and social identity in American politics. Ed. Lori L. Montalbano. New York City, NY: Lexington Books, 2019. 43-58. Print.
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.
Shows/Exhibits/Installations
Decker, Juilee and Hinda Mandell. Crafting Democracy: Fiber Arts and Activism. n.d. Anthony Mascioli Gallery, The Sculpture Center, Bevier Gallery, and more, Rochester and Cleveland. Exhibit.
Decker, Juilee and Hinda Mandell. Crafting Democracy: Fiber Arts and Activism. n.d. Anthony Mascioli Gallery, The Sculpture Center, Bevier Gallery, and more, Rochester and Cleveland. Exhibit.
Decker, Juilee and Hinda Mandell. Crafting Democracy: Fiber Arts and Activism. n.d. Anthony Mascioli Gallery, The Sculpture Center, Bevier Gallery, and more, Rochester and Cleveland. Exhibit.
Decker, Juilee and Hinda Mandell. Crafting Democracy: Fiber Arts and Activism. n.d. Anthony Mascioli Gallery, The Sculpture Center, Bevier Gallery, and more, Rochester and Cleveland. Exhibit.
Decker, Juilee and Hinda Mandell. Crafting Democracy: Fiber Arts and Activism. n.d. Anthony Mascioli Gallery, The Sculpture Center, Bevier Gallery, and more, Rochester and Cleveland. Exhibit.
Full Length Book
Decker, Juilee and Hinda Mandell. Crafting Democracy: Fiber Arts and Activism. Rochester, NY: RIT Press, 2019. Print.
Mandell, Hinda. Crafting Dissent: Handicraft as Protest from the American Revolution to the Pussyhats. New York City, NY: Rowman & Littlefield, 2019. Print.
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.

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