Board of Governors Professor of Politics and CAWP Senior Scholar

Ruth B. Mandel

Ruth B. Mandel served as director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics from 1995 to 2019. During her tenure, Eagleton launched new research and education initiatives in youth political engagement, governors and state executive leadership, science and politics, immigrant political behavior, and ethics in government. The Institute’s education programs for Rutgers graduate and undergraduate students expanded in size and scope, attracting support from new state and private resources. In honor of its 60th anniversary in 2016, Eagleton launched the Rutgers-Eagleton Washington Internship Program, providing summer stipends to support undergraduates enrolled on any Rutgers campus. The Institute expanded its state and national outreach and service with visible public programs and social media communications under Mandel’s leadership.

As a founder and director of Eagleton’s Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) from 1971 through 1994, Mandel built a national center with multi-faceted research/education/ public service and information programs about women’s political participation, a subject previously unexplored. She remains affiliated with CAWP as a senior scholar, teaching and writing about leadership and emphasizing U.S. women’s political history. She is the author of numerous publications about women’s changing political roles, including In the Running: The New Woman Candidate, the first book-length account of women’s experiences as candidates for political office.

From 1991 to 2006, Mandel held a presidential appointment to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, the governing board of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. She was named vice chairperson of the Council by President Clinton in 1993 and served in that capacity until 2005. She chaired the task group charged with proposing a governing structure for the new Museum and also led the process to create the Museum’s Committee on Conscience, which was established in 1996 with Mandel as its founding chair. In 2009, Mandel completed two terms on the board of the Charles H. Revson Foundation. She joined the board of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities in 2012 and chairs its governance committee. Among other honors, Mandel has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Public Service by Chatham College and an honorary Doctor of Public Administration by Georgian Court University.