Welcome to the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

  • Portrait
  • Board of Governors Professor of Politics and Director of Eagleton Institute of Politics
  • Department: Eagleton Institute of Politics
  • Email: ruth.mandel@rutgers.edu
  • Tel: : 732-932-9384
  • Office: 191 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick



M.A. and Ph.D. in American Literature, University of Connecticut

B.A. in English, Brooklyn College

Research Interests

Women's changing political roles and status; women's political history; women's leadership as voters and public leaders; gender and decision making--the career of Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Biographical Notes

Ruth B. Mandel is Director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics, a division of Rutgers University dedicated to the study of American politics and government. Professor Mandel is also Board of Governors Professor of Politics at Rutgers. Since 1995, she has led Eagleton’s development of initiatives in youth political engagement, immigrant political behavior, and the study of governors and state executive leadership. During her tenure, Eagleton's educational programs for Rutgers graduate and undergraduate students have expanded, and the Institute has enhanced its state and national outreach with visible public programs and internet communications.

In 1971, Ruth Mandel came to Rutgers as a co-founder of Eagleton's Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP). As CAWP’S director from 1971 through 1994, she built the nation’s premier research and education center for the study of women’s changing political roles and status.  Currently a CAWP Senior Scholar, Mandel continues to teach and write about leadership, with emphasis on U.S. women's political history, women as political candidates and officeholders, women's political networks, and the "gender gap." The author of numerous publications about women in politics, her In the Running: The New Woman Candidate was the first book-length account of women campaigning for office.

During three administrations (1991 to 2006), Mandel held a presidential appointment on the governing Council of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. Named Vice Chairperson of the Council by President Clinton in 1993, a position she held for twelve years, Mandel served on the Museum's executive committee and academic committee, chaired its strategic planning and education committees as well as the group tasked with proposing a governing structure for the new Museum. She also led the process to create the Museum’s Committee on Conscience, which was established in 1996 with Mandel as its founding chair. 

Her board service has also included the Charles H. Revson Foundation, the National Council for Research on Women, the National Commission for the Renewal of American Democracy, and the New Jersey Council on the Humanities. Awards include: Woodrow Wilson Public Service Award, Governor's Pride of New Jersey; Gloria Steinem Women of Vision Award, Ms. Foundation;  National Women's Hall of Fame President’s 21st Century Leadership Award; Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Women Executives in State Government; Distinguished Policy Leadership and Advancement of Women in Public Life, Women Legislators and College Presidents of Maryland; AAUW’s "Women of Distinction" Award; Salute to the Policy Makers, Executive Women of NJ; Juliette Low Excellence in Leadership, Girl Scouts of Delaware-Raritan.

Ruth B. Mandel's B.A. in English is from Brooklyn College. Her M.A. and Ph.D. are in English/American Literature (University of Connecticut). She holds an honorary Doctor of Public Service (Chatham College) and an honorary Doctor of Public Administration (Georgian Court University).

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